Venice in Peril Fund celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2021. It was founded in 1971, following on from the work of the Italian Art and Archives Rescue Fund that had initially been set up after the 1966 floods which ravaged both Florence and Venice.
The storms and flooding in November 2019 damaged the exterior of the church. In particular the windows in the south of the church were further weakened by the strong winds and began leaking rain.
After a £55,000 Appeal the conservation of the Nativity Triptych in the Accademia Galleries began in late 2019 and continued through 2020.
A joint project financed by Venice in Peril, the American-Italy Society, Save Venice, Italiano per Venezia and the Dutch and Austrian Committees
Awarded to two BA Conservation Graduates from City & Guilds of London Art School who spend three months with the Benedictine Community undertaking conservation maintenance in the Abbey church.
The iconostasis – a screen with icons between sanctuary and nave – is richly expressive of Veneto-Byzantine tradition. The stonework dates to 1100 and the paintings to the early 15C.
The marble memorial to sculptor Antonio Canova in the church of the Frari is Venice’s most striking monument from the age of neo-classicism.