Restoration of Saint Rita’s Church
After years of work, the Church of Saints Margherita and Pelagia (known locally as Saint Rita’s Church) has been fully restored and returned to the faithful for worship thanks to a radical intervention desired and carried out by Giovanni Arvedi through the Foundation.
Restoration work, starting with consolidation of the structure, first resolved the problem of damp, which over the years had attacked the splendid frescoed surfaces, and then tackled the restoration of the frescoes and statues carried out on site and at the workshop of Prof. Gianluigi Colalucci, formerly in charge of the restoration work of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.
Saint Rita’s Church, once again a beautiful little jewel casket, came into being through the will and thoughts of the Cremonese bishop, Gerolamo Vida, who tried to achieve with this project his idea of harmony as a preferential way to understanding and coming closer to divine perfection.
The execution of the church and responsibility for its decoration and paintings was entrusted to Giulio Campi, one of the greatest artists of that time in Italy.
The church once again represents, and with every right, one of the most precious examples of 16th-century Northern Italian culture and art.
The restoration work of the frescoes and church was presented to the township in October 2008.