Notre-Dame, this is why the Canadaires were not used to put out the fire
Notre-Dame burns, La Fenice theater: "We are attacked twice by the fire, resurrected stronger than before"
One of the protagonists of the project was the Venetian sculptor and mask maker Guerrino Lovato, who with his firm, and others of support, completely rebuilt the Fenea cavea, all the wood, stucco and papier-mâché. "The theater that is now seen – explains Lovato – is mostly made of papier-mâché, and 20% wood, even the stages. Yes, because it must be like a 'violin' playing ". The only parts in plaster are the Neridi, the highest statues, and the cherubs of the royal box. The enterprise was that of «rebuilding an ancient theater», without there being photos of the 18th century decorations, or a separate graphic “substitute”. Thus Lovato first realized the designs of those decorations and those stuccos, "180 square meters of drawings, to bring back to the plan what had to be recreated three-dimensionally". Then the casts, in clay or plaster, of the decorations to be redone were produced. "In just one year – he recalls – we rebuilt 300 meters of ornaments and 12 figures from scratch."
"Not a copy – emphasizes Lovato – nor a forgery: the task was to 'evoke the previous theater'. Also because the charm of the patina of time is an atmosphere that only time can give back. A comparison between Fenice and Notre Dame is difficult for Lovato. «Here there was above all wood and papier mache, in Paris there is a cathedral made of stone and marble, there is certainly a detailed photographic documentation, you can do it all again». "Also because – he concludes – the French do not have the taboo of us Italians. They are not afraid in these cases to redo the old things exactly in style ».
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