Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Cimabue to return to Santa Croce after 1966 Florence flood


Florence, November 6 - A painted crucifix by
medieval master Cimabue is ready to be returned to Florence's
Santa Croce Basilica after it was damaged in the Great Flood of
The painted crucifix, executed in 1280, came to heightened
fame when muddy waters, which swelled the banks of the Arno and
inundated the entire city, swept into the church and wiped most
of the paint off.
Experts nevertheless managed to restore the priceless work,
which has since been in the Basilica's adjacent Cenacolo
building, tied to a pulley system that can be raised in the
event of another flood.
The crucifix is ready to be re-transferred to the Basilica
itself, where it will be hung nine meters above the ground -
three meters higher than the historic flood levels - just above
a newly restored crucifix by the Figline Master.
The unveiling has yet to be announced, but is estimated to
be in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the flood.

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