According to UNESCO, Italy is home to more than half of the world’s most important artworks, and around half of those are in Florence alone.
Some of them, being centuries old, are in desperate need of restoration.
For the past 16 years, the Friends of Florence organisation has been dedicated to identifying important works in need of some TLC, arranging funding and overseeing the restoration and preservation of the works together with Florence’s Fine Arts Department.
There are two current artworks of invaluable cultural and artistic value for which they are seeking funding to restore and protect them for future generations.
The first is in the Cloister of the Vows in the Church of the Santissima Annunziata – one of the city’s great treasures – where restoration is underway on frescos by Florence master artist Andrea del Sarto, as well as Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, and others. However, to complete the restoration, an additional $255,000 is needed.
Another restoration project is the Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Fresco of the Last Supper in the Badia a Passignano. Located in the Chianti area just a short distance from Florence, it has been closed to the public for many years awaiting restoration. Friends of Florence are seeking $150,000 for the completion of this work so it may be reopened to the public.
Even if you don’t have a cool hundred thou’ to drop, you can make equally-as-welcomed partial contributions. Every dollar helps.
Friends of Florence also organises a host of events, lectures and other programmes outlined on the Friends of Florence website, where you can also make contributions to the restoration efforts.