Stone relief showing Christ with Angels, exterior side wall, church of the Gesuati

About the project

This fine stone relief of the dead Christ supported by two Angels is set into the side wall of the church of the Gesuati, facing on to campo S. Agnese, above the vault of the cavana (or covered mooring) which extended under the Church before the Rio S. Agnese was filled in.

It is possible that the relief came from the small former church of the Gesuati which was suppressed in 1663 and replaced by the Dominican church of Santa Maria del Rosario in 1724, designed by Massari. The relief did not appear to be damaged but its surface was blackened and polluted, needing cleaning and consolidation.

The project was undertaken in memory of Carla Thorneycroft, a founder member of the IAARF following the floods in Florence and Venice in 1966 and a prime mover in the early years of its successor charity, Venice in Peril Fund. She was an active fundraiser, President and stylish figurehead as well as being  vice-president, for over 50 years, of the British-Italian Society. Her grandfather had been Director of the Venice State Archive.

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In brief

  • Venice in Peril has focussed on stonework conservation from the early years, so this small project in memory of Carla Thorneycroft DBE, (1914-2007) a Venetian by birth, married to the conservative politician Peter Thorneycroft, is in keeping with that theme and recalls her connection with Venice and a church at which she worshipped.
  • The relief can be easily spotted walking from the Zattere to the Accademia along the Rio Terrà Foscarini.
  • If you are interested in funding a conservation project in memory of someone who felt a debt to Venice, please contact us.

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