The Renaissance of time
LIGHT MODE
DARK MODE
Get 1 year from 27.50 €

Digital and paper subscriptions available worldwide

Subscribe now

The Renaissance of time

bookmark
Thu 10 Sep 2015 12:00 AM

crazyforpazzi9

 

Time is something that is continuously recreated, reborn, starting anew: this happens every day, every season, but also in broader historical periods. Conventionally we use the term ‘Renaissance’ to represent and define an era of our history—between the mid-fourteenth and sixteenth centuries—when new worlds opened up in geography, science and technology, art and architecture, philosophy and politics.

 

We can say that every restoration project represents a new season. The rediscovery of the beauty of the loggia of the Pazzi Chapel at Santa Croce, with the renewal of its floral decorations, its colors and glazed terracotta putti, brings to life the imaginary garden that, since the fifteenth century, has been the entrance space to the chapel designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. These are physical spaces but also virtual ones, where science and art merge and where the centuries have deposited dust and buried memories. Even though we continue to speak about it, we know little of this space. Mysteries remain with regard to the various stages of its construction; in the many symbols that are a silent coded language; even in the function that such a monumental external space outside might have had.

 

Restoration partially compensates for that which time erases. It reconstructs materials and colors but also re-reads and suggests new interpretations of what has survived over time. Every restoration is therefore a ‘Renaissance’ of the work in question and its meanings. In this repetition of time, the financial commitment of Andrea Pazzi in the early fifteenth century for the construction of the chapel has been adopted today by the donors who have become keepers of this part of the heritage of all humanity.

Related articles

ART + CULTURE

Boboli Gardens: 50 million euro to futureproof the Medici parkland

The royal park will receive 50 million euro for restoration and new amenities.

ART + CULTURE

Florence Baptistery restoration continues

This autumn, visitors will be able to see the mosaic dome up close due to restoration scaffolding.

ART + CULTURE

Interi: The Florence Fragment Collection

Distressed ecclesiastical relics are transformed by natural specimens into sculptural works.

LIGHT MODE
DARK MODE