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Tabernacle of the Condemned

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7 September 2016
7 September 2016
Tabernacle of the Condemned by Benozzo Gozzoli

Tabernacle of the Condemned by Benozzo Gozzoli

Benozzo Gozzoli


Chapel of St. Thomas and Prospero, Municipality of Certaldo

A chapel was erected at the foot of the hill of the medieval village of Certaldo, to protect the roadside 'Tabernacle of the Condemned' by the painter Benozzo Gozzoli and his workshop. The structure was erected to protect the tabernacle from the flooding of the nearby river Agliena, which had damaged the precious paintings. Benozzo Gozzoli had much work in Val D'Elsa and produced several large tabernacles. This Certaldo one shows the collaboration of artists from workshops such as Giusto d'Andrea, Pier Francesco Fiorentino and probably also Giovanni di Mugello. In order to comfort those who had been condemned to death it dealt with the theme of Christian suffering and its bringing of salvation to the soul.

In 1957 the Superintendency commissioned the specialist Leonetto Tintori to remove the frescoes which had been damaged by humidity and, once they had been fixed on plastic supports, to reconstruct the tabernacle in a prestigious and safe place. The Church of St. Thomas and Prospero next to the Vicarial Palace is the ideal location, where they can still be admired.

The "Tabernacle of the Condemned" project involves a series of restorations and interventions. An important part of the work is the reconstruction of the chapel on the banks of the river, adjacent to Piazza de I Macelli, which is quite damaged and no longer demonstrates its original aesthetic qualities.