"GIAMBOLOGNA E LA FATA MORGANA” - A NEW RESTORATION INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF CULTURE & THE ARTS
Carlo Orsi Trinity Fine Art is proud to be supporting the restoration project titled “Giambologna E La Fata Morgana” which is dedicated to restoring the architecturally and artistically important complex known as “Fonte della Fata Morgana” (“Fountain of Morgan Le Fay”) which was built for Bernardo Vecchietti in the second half of the 16th century inside the grounds of Villa Il Riposo, his summer home in the heart of the Chianti area in the foothills of Fattucchia. It is a unique example of garden architecture which oscillates between nymphaeum and grotto and which was built in order to house Giambologna’s statue of Morgan Le Fay which was sculpted 1572-74.
This fountain complex where the Vecchietti family and guests took refuge from the heat on summer days, chatting pleasantly and remarking on the beauty of the place and the works adorning it, is now in a precarious state of preservation and this restoration campaign aims to stabilize and restore it to its original state, with a life-size, faithful copy of the Giambologna sculpture of Morgana being executed by restorer Filippo Tattini to be housed in the space for which it was designed, thereby restoring the central focus and iconographic fulcrum of the complex.
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Photo credits: Arrigo Coppitz, Clara Vannucci