30 Aug A special fresco for the last FMR-Art’è book dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi
Mariani Affreschi has been commissioned to create a very special project, and its master artists are proud to commit themselves to the task. It is a fresco made especially for the cover of a very precious book dedicated to Saint Francis created by FMR-Art’è, which contains the regulatory and spiritual texts of the early years of the fraternity from 1209 to 1221.
The subject is a cherished reproduction of Saint Francis of Assisi holding up the Lateran Basilica, a symbol of the salvation and renewal that the poor man brought to the church. The fresco of the book is an aspect of Pope Innocent III’s dream, created by Giotto in the Upper Church of the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi.
“We are very proud to have been part of this special work,” commented the Mariani team. “It was a remarkable and emotional experience for us and our artists, especially because the cover nr. 1 has been donated to Pope Francesco”.
The master craftsmen of Mariani created, one by one, the one hundred and fifty numbered copies using the same ancient techniques of Giotto. With natural pigments and earths mixed with water and laid on a layer of wet plaster the fresco acquires beauty and endures over time. Using the traditional “strappo” technique – which involves gluing the fresco on a canvas support – the artists transferred the image of the fresco to the book.