Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
FLORENCE

Florence's Renaissance-era Rucellai chapel reopens to public

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Florence, February 13 - After restoration work, the
Renaissance-era Rucellai Chapel with its tiny architectural
model of the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre by Leon Battista
Alberti will reopen to the public on Saturday.
Even art scholars have not had many opportunities to study
the model, which is based on what legend claims is Christ's
original tomb in Jerusalem.
Made of white marble with black inlays, the model temple is
decorated with 30 different marble inlays, inserted in boxes
depicting naturalistic and symbolic themes.
The chapel, once part of the church of San Pancrazio, was
cut off from the rest of the structure in 1808 under an edict
from Napoleon, whose forces turned the church into the seat of
the city's lottery.
Today, the chapel is reached through the Marino Marini
museum.
To mark its reopening, a Mass, celebrated by the Archbishop
of Florence Giuseppe Betori, is scheduled for Thursday.

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