The restoration work of the ancient church, reconstructed in the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries, devoted to civilian purposes, which had profoundly changed its appearance, were initiated in 1982 and concluded in 1986.
|Angled catwalks to different levels.|
Architects Lorenzo Papi and Bruno Sacchi were responsible for the re-design of the space. I understand their changes started in 1982 [the year that I graduated high school and one of my sisters was born while I started at university]. It ended in 1986. If you did not know this had been a church, you might not think of it. Although I believe that the high ceiling dome [over where the altar would have been], with its half-decayed fresco, is perhaps your biggest clue. Read more on the Wikipedia page link below if you are interested in their description of how the architecture was changed and what the architects wanted to emphasize about the work of the Italian sculptor.
The wooden “catwalks” and angular balconies and overall design are a contrast to the graceful curves in the former place of worship, but perhaps are a transition between what I found to be the harsh straight lines and angles in many of Marini’s compositions. I think the teak-colored wood and rusty/burgundy accent colors are peaceful and a good compliment to the whitewashed walls and some grey stone [pietra serena] of the building. Nice to see sculpture from many viewpoints. I hope that you enjoy some of my snapshots during my recent visit.
|Curves and angles make the world a more interesting place!|
|I like it that they kept some of the history of the place.|
|. . . and tried to hide the "modernization," although this looks about from 1980s.|
|The top catwalk shows drawings and a hint of the dome fresco.|
|I love these steep stairs that go to the windows.|