| by Sandro Pintus
We must speed up the time
needed to restore the works of art
Interview with Dr.ssa Cristina Acidini,
Vicariate Head of Artistic and Historic Assets for the Province of Florence,
Pistoia and Prato
Dr.ssa Acidini, can you explain the reasons behind this exhibition?
The exhibits are just a sample. They are intended to represent the 10 per
cent of the works in need of restoration. They include restored works, others
that we are still working on and works that have not as yet been touched,
partly because of lack of money and partly because their restoration involves
tremendous technical difficulties, especially for the paintings on wood.
We must speed up the time needed to restore the works of art so that they
can be carried out by those who are working on them today, because later
generations will not know how to intervene.
How do you think you can find the necessary money to complete the
restorations? We are already studying other initiatives but, meanwhile,
we have at least been able to discuss this problem with the Minister of
Artistic Assets, Walter Veltroni, on his recent visit to Florence. We
have already received a first reaction from various associations whose
members include craftsmen who are prepared to carry out the restoration
of some of the church furnishings free of charge. However it would also
be a good thing if the schools talked more about this problem so that
people continue to remember it.
One of the panels from the
Doors of Paradise by Ghiberti
immediately after the flood (Photo Torrini Fotogiornalismo©1966)
How many people have visited the exhibition since it was opened
a month ago? For the moment we are unable to make a precise calculation,
because, as entrance is free, we can only judge by the number of signatures
in the visitors' book. These are roughly one hundred a day with many more
over the weekends. Most of our visitors are Florentines who want to remember
what happened by looking at the works on display but a great many foreign
tourists come too. See also: "Saved from
the Waters", a treasure to admire at Palazzo Vecchio
The Christ in wood of which,
during the flood, whose origin,
thanks to the flood, is today unkown and which has now been "adopted"
in order to restore it.
Silvia Messeri & Sandro Pintus