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FAI ( ITALIAN NATIONAL TRUST) AUTUMN DAY - Volto Santo Chapel in Villa Buonvisi Spada

typology: nature-environment, festival
Area: Piana di Lucca
District/Locality: Lucca (LU) - Italy

On Sunday, October 15, on the occasion of the FAI Autumn Day, discover many extraordinary places with just a small contribution to the National Fundraising Campaign.
Since more than 40 years the FAI Italian National Trust is committed to the memory of the Italian landscape, its sites and its monuments, the masterpieces of art telling about the history and the identity of this country, to their safeguard and respect to keep them accessible for everybody, by protecting constantly the Italian art and nature heritage.
In particular, it is also an opportunity to visit the Volto Santo Chapel in Villa Buonvisi Spada for those who are already members or want to join the FAI association. The frescoes that decorate the walls of the chapel of Villa Buonvisi at Monte San Quirico near Lucca form the only complete cycle known of the legend of the Volto Santo of Lucca. Hypothetically linked to the short stay of Pope Paul III in the villa, during his encounter with Emperor Charles V in Lucca in 1541, the cycle can however be dated only some decades later, towards 1580, probably on commission of Benedetto di Martino Buonvisi (1520-87), who's lifelong commitment was the embellishment of the villa. The frescoes can most probably be assigned to the painter Agostino Ghirlanda from Massa, working in Lucca between the seventies and eighties of the sixteenth century.
The visits of Sunday, October 15 are carried out by the students of the Istituto Superiore di Istruzione (ISI) Sandro Pertini of Lucca and the Liceo Scientifico A. Vallisneri of Lucca from 10:00 to 19:00, and are reserved to FAI members. For information you can write an email to
Lucca, Villa Buonvisi Spada, Via di Sant.Alessio, 616/D
2017, October 15
h 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission at 6:30 pm)
Admission for FAI members only


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