Santa Maria del Carmelo (Carmini)
Venice in Peril agreed to contribute towards the conservation of the 15th century frescoes on the upper walls of the nave. The Fund has previously financed restoration of the byzantine-style lateral portal with its byzantine paterae.
Two Statues, 1998 Venice in Peril undertook this project jointly with the nearby Scuola (confraternity) of the Carmini. The fund restored two large 17th-century marble statues representing Humility and Virginity by Giuseppe Torretto and Antonio Corradini, while the Scuola restored the altar that they adorn. The detail of the two statues was increasingly being destroyed by the migration of salt-laden damp. Before treatment the unstable surface was consolidated. Salts were removed by repeated applications of sepiolite poultices, and damp-proof lead sheeting was inserted under the statues to help prevent further damage. Fresco, 2001 In partnership with the Italian State, Venice in Peril returned to the Scuola Grande dei Carmini to restore a Sebastiano Ricci painting, having provided funds for the statues in 1998. The Ricci fresco is situated in the ceiling vault above the restored altar and statues. Consolidation and cleaning of the blackened surface restored extraordinary luminosity to the swirling scene of cloud-borne angels against a gilded background. During restoration a frescoed upper chamber, designed to provide an extra depth of perspective, was discovered and re-opened (its existence previously obscured by a blackened pane of glass in the centre of the main vault). Portal, 2006 Following extensive State-funded structural work and other restoration projects focusing mainly on monuments and works of art in the interior, Venice in Peril reposnded to the long-standing appeal for attention to the exterior of the church. Funds were provided in 2005 thanks to the generosity of the Foundation Jean-Barthelemy, one of whose trustees is an archaeologist with a special interest in Byzantine art. The side portico of this 14th-century church is notable for the six Byzantine 12th-century paterae. The largest, over the doorway, is a typical design of two peacocks drinking from the Fountain of Life and there are five smaller paterae to the side. There is also a small relief of the Madonna and Child. After the conservation of the reliefs, the Istrian stone coping over the portal was consolidated, the lead flashing renewed, defective pointing in the brickwork re-integrated and the decorative stonework cleaned and consolidated.
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