Since our first restoration of the wooden altars at the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta on the Island of Torcello, Venice, Venetian Heritage has taken great pride and great care in selecting projects that demonstrate the celebrated artistic patrimony of the city. Of the many chapels and treasures, frescoes and monuments, none have been too grand or too humble for our help. Our accomplishments include:
the extraordinary restoration of Renaissance sculptor and architect Antonio Rizzo’s figures of Adam, Eve, and Mars, which withstood over 500 years of pollutants in the niches of the Arco Foscari of the Palazzo Ducale, their white Carrara marble surfaces now revived;
the conservation of Paolo Veronese’s St. Jerome in the Desert and St. Agatha in Prison, which reanimated the brilliant colored canvases and gilded 17th-century frames that adorn the Church of San Pietro Martire, Murano;
the considerable efforts within the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, Trogir, Croatia, where Venetian Heritage restored the Chapel of the Blessed Giovanni Orsini, a testament to the fruitful collaborations between Venetian and Dalmatian artists, as well as the Romanesque Portal, Gothic Narthex, and Renaissance Baptistery, whose intricately decorated surfaces were badly discolored and damaged;
the cleaning of the façade of the Church of Jesuits, Venice, which undid centuries of damage from pollutants to statues by Giuseppe Toretto and other 17th-and 18th-century sculptors embellishing the imposing Baroque architecture of the façade; and
the list goes on, from the brilliant restoration of Niccolò Roccatagliata’s 1633 masterpiece Bronze paliotto, to the conservation and refurnishing of Rooms V and VI at the Gallerie della’Accademia, to the cleaning of the treasury at the Church of San Salvador, Venice.
Advancement of Venetian Culture
To further our mission of enlightenment and instruction in the rich cultural legacy of Venice, Venetian Heritage has underwritten and originated exhibitions, publications, and scholarships, including:
the endowment of the Khalil R. Rizk Fellowship for study and travel in Italy for student scholars at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts;
the exhibition of 17th through 20th-century Judaica treasurers hidden away during World War II and recently rediscovered and restored by Venetian Heritage, which traveled to Sotheby’s, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Venice, among others;
the granting of a scholarship in honor of Larry Lovett to a young pianist during the Concorso Pianistico Nazionale Premio Venezia;
the publication of La Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo: Pantheon della Serenissima, an important scholarly catalogue, which details the seven centuries of Venetian artistic treasurers the Basilica holds;
the exhibition of Giovanni Grimani’s collection of sculptures, marbles, vases, bronzes, and other antiquities donated to the city of Venice almost 400 years ago and temporarily reinstalled in their original niches at the Palazzo Grimani;
among many other scholarly publications, concerts celebrating the “Republic of Music,” and exhibitions highlighting our own restoration work and other masterworks from the pantheon of Venetian art.
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