San Giorgio church in Florence is back to shine – Art

(ANSA) – FLORENCE, 18 NOV – The three-year restoration work on the stucco and marble decorative apparatus of the church of San Giorgio e Spirito Santo alla Costa has been completed, a rare example of Baroque art in Florence, inspired by Bernini , which is located in Oltrarno, along the steep San Giorgio coast.

The intervention was made possible thanks to the decisive contribution of the Cr Firenze Foundation, which made available 274 thousand euros of resources.

The church, of origin before the year one thousand, was one of the main priories of medieval Florence and here the young Giotto painted the altar table with the Madonna and Child enthroned and two Angels, now in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. Later a convent was added, which was enlarged and completely renovated during the 15th century. Belonging to the Canons of Sant’Andrea in Mosciano, the Dominicans and the Silvestrini, in 1520 at the behest of Lucrezia de ‘Medici, daughter of Lorenzo the Magnificent, a new convent dedicated to the Holy Spirit was built and granted to the Vallombrosan nuns. In 1705-1708 the church was renovated by the architect Giovan Battista Foggini and the interior was decorated with rococo-style works by Alessandro Gherardini and Antonio Domenico Gabbiani. The stuccos are by Giovan Battista Ciceri, the gratings by Jacopo Pini, all based on a design by Foggini.

The church was the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Church, which celebrated the functions in an annex: due to structural damage to the roof, the actual church was closed for about 35 years, before being reopened in 2018, thanks to the structural works sustained. by the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation. Thanks to CEI resources, the static of the bell tower was deposited.

On Sunday 21 November, at 11.30, in the parish today led by Don Gregorio, a mass will be celebrated presided over by Archbishop Cardinal Giuseppe Betori. (HANDLE).