Florence, Italy…Following meticulous restoration over three months, the Tabernacle of the Eucharist (1512) by Andrea della Robbia (1435‒1525) with his son Giovanni (1469‒1529) in the church of SS. Apostoli in Florence has been restored, revealing a masterwork of glazed terracotta. The restoration, funded by the Friends of Florence Foundation, was performed by Francesca Rossi under the supervision of the Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Città Metropolitana di Firenze e le Province di Pistoia e Prato.
“This project has allowed Friends of Florence, working in conjunction with the church and the institutions tasked with conserving the city’s cultural heritage, to preserve yet another significant example of the della Robbias’ distinctive practice,” Foundation President Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda said. “Among the variety of projects we support, we continue to ensure the conservation of glazed terracotta because it is one of the distinguishing genres in Florentine art history. On behalf of the entire Foundation, I thank donors Peter Fogliano and Hal Lester, who made the restoration possible; restorer Francesca Rossi; Father Paolo Cerquitella, the The Eucharistic Tabernacle after the restoration, 2019. Photo by Antonio Quattrone Prior of SS. Apostoli, for his helpfulness; and Soprintendenza area chief Dr. Jennifer Celani for her cooperation and supervision in the course of the work.”