Church of San Francesco della Vigna

Facade, 1994-95 Venice in Peril's funding enabled the church, which had installed the scaffolding in preparation for restoration, to complete the work. San Francesco della Vigna is the largest of Jacopo Sansovino's churches, but with a façade designed by Palladio some 30 years later. Work began in 1994 and was completed with an inauguration the following year on 4 October, the feast of St Francis. The façade of Istrian stone required considerable effort to prevent it from becoming detached from the body of the church. After stabilisation, the entire façade was washed and the black incrustations were removed with biological packs and micro-sandblasting. Conservation work was also done on the Tiziano Aspetti bronze statues of Moses and St Paul.

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