The exceptional high tide that hit Venice last November 2019 submerged the entire floor of Saint Mark’s Basilica causing serious damage to the precious mosaics that cover the floor area of the Basilica, the narthex and the side aisles.
The tessellated surfaces, due to extended contact with water, showed serious alterations such as: the lifting of the mortar that binds the pieces, the undermining and loss of the marble tesserae and, finally, the erosion of the stone and marble material. The mosaic carpet close to the Baptistery entrance in the right aisle of the Basilica is one of the zones that has suffered most significantly the consequences of the high tide.
Thus, Venetian Heritage, thanks to the generous donation received from Bottega Veneta during the fundraising campaign #supportvenice, is currently contributing to the restoration of a mosaic floor portion with two standing peacocks in front of a central vase from which branch out two garlands of plants, to create a foothold for the two symmetrical birds.
In the church there are four peacock couples, two in the right aisle and two in the left one. The mosaic portion restored by Venetian Heritage thanks to the generous support of Bottega Veneta is the only one which still retains the original materials from the XII-XIII century, which was used in the XIX century as a model for the reconstruction of the other three couples.