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Last Supper restored detail

I had the privilege of studying the panels of Giorgio Vasari’s Last Supper during a visit to the Opificio dell Pietra Dura workshop in Florence’s Fortezza di Basso last March.

Given the condition of the painting at that time, it was difficult to believe that the restored panels would be ready to hang once again in their place of honor in the Basilica of Santa Croce by early November of this year.

 

On November 4, exactly fifty years from the date that Vasari’s work was inundated and nearly destroyed in 1966, the work was unveiled in its original home.

It is difficult to put in to words what this means to Florentines. When Cimabue’s Crucifixion was restored and unveiled, the city expressed the same deep sense of pride they do now. Florentines are justifiably proud of their artistic heritage, no more so than when a Renaissance treasure by Vasari comes once again to life.

This is no small piece of art. The completed work measures 8.6 Feet (262 cm) high by 19 Feet (580 cm) wide.

For forty-six years the panels were kept in secure storage, awaiting the moment when art restoration would successfully meet the scientific techniques required to carefully and lovingly repair the painting.¬† It was in 2012 that the panels were moved to the Opificio della Pietra Dura in Florence to begin the process of ‘rebirth’.

Vasari’s opus joins several other master works at Santa Croce, including Taddeo Gaddi’s Last Supper.

Below are some photographs taken shortly after the flood submerged this masterpiece for over thirty-six hours, as well as photos of the work’s recent restored unveiling.

In a word? GO!

Santa Croce Visiting Hours, Ticketing Information and Map

Shortly after the flood – note that the panels have been covered with linen cloth to stabilize the paint so that it would not flake off as the piece was moved and dried.

The experts bring the Last Supper back to life

The completed masterpiece, in its place of honor at Santa Croce

 

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Are you looking for a ten-day, four star hotel based, exploration of the art and history of Tuscany? Would you enjoy a small group of like-minded travelers who share a passion for the intriguing history of the world’s art center?

Room of Pope Leo X Poggio a Caiano

Poggio a Caiano: Medici Villa Ballroom (Room of Leo X) Frescoes by Alori, Pontormo, Franciabigio and others (15th, 16th and 17th Centuries)

Do you have a passion, a curiosity or an interest in learning more about the Florentine Renaissance, its famous artists, writers, sculptors and musicians?

JOIN US on our annual exploration of what once was the creative center of western European culture.

Our special, annual, exploration includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Charlotte, NC to Florence/Return (credit applied for those travelers who join us from other cities)
  • Transfer from Asheville, NC to Charlotte Airport outbound and return
  • Four Star Hotel in Florence city center
  • Overall group size limited to twenty-four guests
  • Private guides most days with group size is limited to no more than ten¬†guests per group, all equipped with Whisper Phones for hearing our guides in the clearest way possible
  • Two separate full day excursions with private guides to Siena and Lucca
  • A vast and incredible array of excursions which can be added to your time on the tour
  • Open afternoons for explorations on your own, with support and guidance from your 24/7 tour leader, Mark Gordon Smith of Private Italy Tours LTD (www.private-italy.com)
  • All museum entrance tickets included
  • All ground transportation in Italy is included
  • Breakfast, daily, included
  • Two dinners – Welcome and Farewell at wonderful restaurants in the city center
  • Bound itinerary books for you to refer to in the course of your tour and to keep as a memory of your time in Italy

Tariff is $4150.00 per person, inclusive

No Single Supplement

View our Introductory Video about this incredible tour

Click on the photo below to download and view our narrated PowerPoint introduction for this tour.

ponte-vecchio-view

PowerPoint Introduction Art Tour Tuscany

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