‘Santa Croce’ is Holy Cross in Italian, and this basilica belongs to the Franciscans.
This is where we celebrated Mass for the feast day of St James, Apostle, 25 July.
From this photo you can see part of the 3-year long restoration project going on at Santa Croce.
On the left-hand wall and the right-hand wall enclosing the high altar is told, in painted form, the story of finding the True Cross in Jerusalem by St Helena.
After Mass I was able to get a close-up photo of this beautiful reredos behind the altar. In the middle is a Madonna and Child, and the saints to the left and right are doctors of the Church. According to one report I found online, L-R is St Gregory the Great, St Jerome, St Ambrose and St Augustine.
This crucifix was commissioned by the Franciscans of Santa Croce, and done by artist Cimabue, painting with distemper (pigment bound with animal or vegetable glue in contrast to the pigment bound with egg of tempura). At one hand of Jesus is definitely His mother Mary, at the other hand of Jesus is most likely the beloved disciple, John.
The photo I took of the exterior of Santa Croce when we arrived, was just too close, and the light had yet to get full. But much later in the day, an opportunity for this photo was too good to miss.
Vincent Cavanagh #bbwyd
25 Jul 2023, 9.48am Italy | 25 Jul 2023, 5.48pm Sydney
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