Windows in three historic synagogues in Venice — the Scuola Canton, Scuola Tedesca and Scuola Spagnola — have been restored thanks to the World Monuments Fund and partners, with grants from the David Berg Foundation and other donors. All three date from the 16th century and are among five synagogues in the historic Venice Ghetto.
The WMF has just posted a video where you can watch the work being carried out.
As we reported in October, reparation was carried out by the expert team who worked on the conservation of the intricately decorated interior of the Scuola Canton in 2014. The work entailed repair of the windows, their frames, and the leaded glass.
The windows at these three synagogues reveal varying stages of deterioration, including cracking, missing panes, oxidation of decorative and structural metal elements, and damaged finishes. Loose frames and the resultant swelling and separation due to water filtration endanger the conservation of the interior architecture, finishes, and furniture of the centuries-old synagogues.