Fonte della Fata Morgana, the task force of the Municipality and Superintendency takes the field for the restoration of the Nymphaeum. The program agreement was signed in these days to promote conservation interventions of the late sixteenth-century monument attributed to Giambologna signed by the Superintendency of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of the Metropolitan City of Florence and the provinces of Pistoia and Prato and by the Municipality of Bagno in Ripoli, owner of the building.
A team of technicians and professionals from the two bodies is already at work: the shared objective is to promote and implement an organic conservation and restoration of the Source, implement joint initiatives for an effective work of protection and enhancement, and encourage the return of the monument to a fruition by the community. Thanks to the memorandum of understanding, the Municipality and the Superintendency will actively engage in the search for the necessary funding, estimated at about 400 thousand euros, also through participation in tenders concerning the cultural and territorial heritage promoted by public or private entities (including the CR Firenze Foundation "Protection and enhancement of the historical-artistic heritage"), the activation of art bonus procedures or other modalities of donations relating to cultural heritage.
A small jewel of garden architecture, a unique example of its kind, the Source was built by Bernardo Vecchietti in the second half of the 1500s in the park of his villa "Il Riposo", the family's summer residence, and is attributed to the young Giambologna . On the conservation front, the structure presents multiple criticalities and degradation situations of the architectural surfaces. Among the other planned interventions, in recent months the Municipality had approved the technical-economic feasibility project for the recovery of the water system of the Nymphaeum, in order to protect it from humidity and from the mountain waters coming from the Fattucchia hill that rises to its shoulders.
The source has been owned by the municipal administration since 1996. Inside it was originally placed a marble statue of the Fata Morgana attributed to Giambologna, now preserved in a private collection, but a copy of which, made thanks to the contribution of the Giardino Corsini association, promoter of the annual “Artigianato e Palazzo” festival, it is ready to be relocated to its original site. The mysterious and magical aspect of the place, as well as the fame of Morgana, seductive healing sorceress of the cycle of King Arthur, over the centuries favored the birth of ancient legends around the sixteenth-century Nymphaeum, helping to make it a mysterious and suggestive place.
“The nymphaeum - declares the Superintendent Andrea Pessina - represents a particularly eloquent example of that particular relationship between man, nature and architecture, which marks the Mannerist season and which generates mysterious, disturbed and phenomenally characterized places, with particular attention to environmental data, which still proves to be of great relevance. The Florentine Superintendency, to which the previous restoration interventions carried out more than 20 years ago are also due, confirms with the agreement its direct commitment to the knowledge and conservation of the monument, also in relation to the development of the great potential as a cultural attraction that it owns. On the other hand, the state of conservation of the structures makes it urgent to prepare a project aimed at deepening all the architectural, artistic and environmental aspects that characterize the complex. A path therefore conceived as a synergy between different disciplinary skills and between different administrative levels, with the common objective of safeguarding and re-appropriating this important heritage. Finally, I think it is right to remember that this operation was launched thanks to the commitment of Mrs Giorgiana Corsini, who recently passed away, to whom we dedicate this agreement ”.
“The Nymphaeum dedicated to Morgana, attributed to Giambologna, is one of the most evocative places in our territory and has an inestimable historical and artistic value - explains the mayor Francesco Casini -. Due to its characteristics and its location, it is a monument that requires constant maintenance and care. Thanks to the teamwork between the administration and the Superintendency, with which we are carrying out a similar fruitful collaboration also for the protection of the ancient Spedale del Bigallo, we will now be able to guarantee them and we will be able to give a new future to the Source, returning it to collectivity. That the place is particularly dear to our community is demonstrated by the many crowdfunding initiatives promoted by individual citizens and associations in recent years, the last only in chronological order the one supported by the XXVI edition of the Artigianato e Palazzo exhibition. Even more significant is that all this takes place at a time of great difficulty: despite the health emergency, our cultural heritage, which is the identity of a territory, remains a priority, culture a resource to start over ”.
The program agreement between the Municipality and the Superintendence for the protection and restoration of the Nymphaeum has a similar precedent in the signature, signed by the two bodies only a few months ago, for the restoration of the surrounding walls and the walled garden of the ancient hospital of Bigallo, a building built from the beginning of the XNUMXth century to shelter travelers and pilgrims.