Restoration works have been completed on the funeral monument of the Polish Count Michal Bogoria Skotnicki at Santa Croce, thanks to the support of the Inner Wheel Club Firenze Medicea.
The Polish nobleman died at a young age in Florence and his funeral monument is the first dedicated to a foreign citizen at Santa Croce. Located in the Castellani Chapel, the work was created by Stefano Ricci and represents a grieving female figure, sculpted from a single block of white Apuan marble.
A thorough cleaning of the surfaces was carried out, removing residues of yellowed waxes. The monument to Count Michal Bogoria Skotnicki was built between 1808 and 1812, commissioned by his wife Elzbieta Laskiewiez, who also wanted an identical one for the family chapel in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow. The couple had settled in Florence in 1805 and the Count became an honorary member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno.
The newly enhanced work was presented on July 20 by the president of the Opera di Santa Croce, Cristina Acidini and by the curator, Eleonora Mazzocchi, together with the vice president of the Inner Wheel Firenze Medicea Club Roberta Bencini and the past president of the Club, Francesca Maria di Lollo. Restorers Paola Rosa and Emanuela Peiretti were also in attendance.
President of the Opera di Santa Croce, Cristina Acidini, commented that the restoration supported by the Inner Wheel Club Firenze Medicea is “a generous gesture for a work of the highest symbolic value…it refers to that cosmopolitan society, populated by noble and cultured characters, who travelled throughout Europe and often chose to settle in Florence where life was colourful, both culturally and socially”.