Monday, May 12, 2014

The Original Statues

Church of the Most Holy Annunciation, chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, Livorno
A couple of years ago, after a thorough cleaning of the facade, two resin copies of the original statues of Innocence and Mansuetude went back to their place above the entrance of the Santissima Annunziata (Most Holy Annunciation) church.
Church of the Most Holy Annunciation, chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, Livorno
The statues were missing from the facade since the almost complete destruction of the building in the Second World War. The original sculptures are now visible in the vestibule of the church.

See also: United Greeks - Inside United Greeks - Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata - Annunciation - Innocence and Mansuetude - How Did They Get Up There?

12 comments:

Jack said...

It does make sense to have replicas outside, exposed to the weather, but I am glad that the originals are still preserved and on display in a protected place.

Michelle said...

Nice to see that the originals are preserved.

William Kendall said...

Exquisite work in the originals. It's good that they're inside.

Randy said...

Good thing they are preserving them.

cieldequimper said...

They are so beautiful, but in a way it is sad that we have to replace originals by copies everywhere and keep the originals safe inside...

Halcyon said...

Glad to hear they're back!

Lois said...

I'm glad they are safe inside now. They are lovely!

Luis Gomez said...

Great post VP. The fake statues look great.

Karl Demetz said...

I'm glad to see that they're back!

Dina said...

Such statues have a life of their own.

adriana said...

It's good to have the originals inside the church. It is like those museum exponates, which are mostly originals, replaced by replicas at their place.
Traveling Hawk

José Mendonça said...

Glad to know the wonderful original statues are now on display.