I have been to Firenze many times, even lived there for a while, but I had never ventured into the Pazzi Chapel. The Basilica of Santa Croce happens to be my favorite in Firenze. I have a special love for it, for many reasons, that I will share in a future blog. But for now, I want to talk about Brunelleschi's Pazzi Chapel.
On one of my last visits to Firenze, I was drawn to this landmark of Renaissance architecture. It was quite stunning inside, however it was severely deteriorated. The beauty and sadness stirred up a range of emotions in me that I couldn't quite pinpoint. It's a small chapel that wouldn't take long to visit, yet I found myself unable to leave. I took a seat on one of the stone benches and sat there for close to an hour. I was so moved by these emotions that I didn't even take a photo...thus I have none to share today.
A few months after I returned to New York, I saw a post on social media about a Kickstarter campaign to restore the Pazzi Chapel. As I was considering it, and perusing the various rewards I'd receive as a backer, there was one in particular that jumped out at me. As a backer, "You will become a part of the history of Santa Croce. Your name will be inscribed by hand into a handmade leather book, made at the Scuola del Cuoio (Leather School) on Santa Croce’s premises, and preserved in the historical archive of Santa Croce, where everything about the building, its art and its restoration have been kept since the early 16th century."
At that moment I knew I'd be supporting this important project! I also knew that I'd be doing so in my mother's honor. Those of you who know me well, know that my trip to Firenze in May of 2014 was to heal from the sudden and devastating death of my mother. I could not find solace in New York, and so I hopped on a plane to the place that had made my heart sing so many times before. My Mother was a bright soul who touched everyone she met in a special way. Her memory lives on in those who loved her in New York. I wanted to commemorate her in Firenze, a place that I love so much, and a place where she had always encouraged me to go and spread my wings.
I received most of the other rewards last year, like this beautiful limited edition etching:
But recently, I received this. It's a copy of the inscription in the historical archive at Santa Croce. The tears are flowing people. Yes, there is some sadness, but they are mostly of joy in the symbolism of being able to present my Mother with this gift on this special day.
I plan on returning to Firenze to see this in person and to take photos of the beautifully restored Pazzi Chapel. In fact, Santa Croce has invited me to be a guest blogger and photograph the Church on my next visit! All of this will be done in my Mother's honor, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.
Wishing everyone a Special Mother's Day filled with love and memory-making moments. Buon Weekend & Big Love, PatriciaG
To read more about Pazzi Chapel's restoration and to see photos go to Santa Croce in Florence.
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