Pazzi Chapel restoration campaign
Not long ago, the Opera of Santa Croce, in need to fund the Pazzi Chapel restoration, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds necessary for the work. The campaign expires tomorrow, and yesterday the goal was reached, hitting $ 95,000. I’m proud of having been a contributor, and much more to have helped the campaign with my articles. I hope someone read them and funded the restoration. Remember that if you contribute for $ 10 or more, you can officially become a patron of the Renaissance: as a reward, the Opera di Santa Croce will write your name in the archives of the church.
Crazy for Pazzi
The hashtag #crazyforpazzi was used on Twitter and other social networks to promote the campaign. It’s nice to see how many people from all around the World love Florence and the Renaissance, but all of this wouldn’t have been possible just some years ago: the power to spread news in no time using social networks helped a lot. The hashtag is a mix of English and Italian: Pazzi was the name of the family that commissioned the Chapel, but in Italian it also means “crazy”.
Pazzi Chapel door
You’re still in time to contribute to the Pazzi Chapel restoration with an offer (minimum $ 1), even if the goal has been reached, any funds received will be used for the restoration of this wonderful architecture by Brunelleschi. The Opera di Santa Croce, to encourage more donations, launched another challenge: if the campaign reaches $10,000 more, the door of the Chapel will also be restored. The beautiful door, high-relief masterpiece in wood by Giuliano da Maiano, is not in very good conditions after 500 years as you can imagine, also because it was attacked by woodworms that left their mark.
Works of restoration will concentrate on the loggia of the Pazzi Chapel and they are going to start very soon. They’re scheduled to finish in some months. I’ll keep you posted!