Art exhibition in the Church of Santa Maria della Spina | Pisa

19/04/2024 - 19/05/2024 ore: 10:00 - 19:00

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, Lungarno Gambacorti, Pisa

The Church of Santa Maria della Spina hosts Gianfranco Meggiato’s exhibition ‘God is Mother‘. There are 11 new works, conceived and created for this appointment, a precious approach to make the work of the sculptor from Veneto known. These new works by Meggiato are spokesmen for a message of peace.

God is Mother’ immediately refers to the religious transcendence inherent in the artist’s sculptures. According to quantum physics, the ‘mother’ of the entire universe is made up of vibrating subatomic micro particles called strings. This is where the idea for the sculpture that gives the exhibition its title comes from. The sculpture is in the shape of an egg, which has always been a symbol of birth and life.

Extraordinary example of Pisan Gothic, the small church of S. Maria della Spina was built in 1230 on the shore of the Arno river in correspondence of the Ponte Novo, which united the streets of Santa Maria and Sant’ Antonio, destroyed during the 15th century and never rebuilt. Just the proximity to the bridge determined the name of S. Maria de Pontenovo, changed then in S. Maria della Spina when, starting from 1333, the church guarded as a relic a thorn of the crown of Christ, now exposed in the church of S. Chiara.
The proximity of the river has been a constant threat to the stability of the building that has undergone repeated restorations. The most radical intervention remains that of 1871 when the building was completely dismantled and rebuilt at a raised level of about one meter, many sculptures were removed and replaced by copies, while the sacristy was destroyed, leaving a building altered in proportions and shape.

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