Friday, March 13, 2015

Damaged Renaissance frescoes in Santa Francesca Romana.


Santa Francesca Romana church, formerly known as Santa Maria Nova is an ancient church located near the Coliseum and it hosts the shrine of its patron saint. The first chapel on the right hand side has XV century frescoes by Melozzo da Forlì, the Borgias' pictor papalis, on the ceiling and the under-arch - they represent four doctors of the Church as well as God the Father, Adam, Eve and landscapes. 

This was truly a little gem but I could not avoid to notice the bad state in which the frescoes are - dampness has largely damaged St. Mark the evangelist and is now spreading to the central section of the ceiling. 
I am truly concerned and will do my best to promote the restoration of this chapel, if you can help in any way send a message to our facebook page, thank you.



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