Conservation of the façade of Santa Maria Novella in Florence

The marble façade of Santa Maria Novella by Leon Battista Alberti is one of the most important works of the Florentine Renaissance.

The marble façade of Santa Maria Novella by Leon Battista Alberti is one of the most important works of the Florentine Renaissance: an architectural jewel that needs continuous monitoring in order to preserve its integrity, placed at risk by the passing of time and by the effects of pollution and the weather.

In 2006/2007 – during two campaigns performed to obtain details of the state of preservation of the facade – Leonardo, formerly Finmeccanica, provided a special room to be used for acquiring images, fruit of the Company’s long experience in the sector of electro-optical investigation of the territory. These images served to trace – in a non-invasive manner – a precise map of the areas in which the marble in the façade of the basilica is subject to deterioration.