Organ cover "King David playing the harp"

Presented to the public on Thursday 3 May 2018, the restoration of this artifact was carried out in the first months of the same year by the Studio of Dr. Alessandra Sella and Dr. Barbara D'Incau, with the contribution of Rotary Bassano Castelli, under the presidency of Dr Luigi Colognese, from Marostica, whom we thank, together with all the Members of the worthy Sodalizio, for having helped us recover such a precious testimony of our Marostica civilization, which certainly has its historical/artistic value as such, but for us also a clear affective and belonging value.

Oil on canvas (late 19th century - early 20th century), which until the first half of the last century was used to cover the facade pipes of the G.B. Zordan 1882, at the church of S. Antonio Abate, during Lent and in particular from Passion Sunday, which preceded Palm Sunday, until the night of Holy Saturday, as a sign of mourning and penance, to remember the passion and the death of N.S. Jesus Christ. In tradition and in the history of art, this object has had particular attention from artists, especially painters, who painted cloths of this type. The remaining ones are very rare, due to the easily perishable material: we have seen one, still in situ, probably a copy of ours, in the parish church of Mure di Molvena, enlarged in 1902, to cover the facade of the Giacobbi Maggiotto organ, which now lies dilapidated and unused. The same painted subject is found in the parish church of San Luca, not as an organ cover, but as a fresco decoration of the central nave. More frequently it is possible to admire, in diocesan museums or even in churches, the painted wooden organ cover doors, with the same function of concealing the pipes on the facade: they are usually works of great quality, such as for example in Ferrara, the four canvases by Cosmè Tura (1469) which originally constituted the doors of the organ of the Cathedral, made by the famous master Giovanni da Mercatello; or in Brescia, between 1539 and 1541, the doors of the Antegnati organ painted by Girolamo Romanino for the Duomo Vecchio or those made by Romanino himself for the organ of San Giorgio in Braida in Verona in 1540. In the case of Marostica, the towel measures cm. 278 x 370 and is equipped with a wooden roller around which it was wrapped by pulling a string, of which a part also remains. The author is not yet identified, but it is believed to be from the Veneto region. On this point we promise to carry out an adequate research, making use of all the clues that may emerge from the careful examination of the work and comparing the data in our possession with those of the contemporary sacred pictorial production similar in the local area, proceeding by analogies of contents and styles, if it is not possible to find precise documentation in the archive (customers, payments, testimonials). Found among the abandoned things, in what was the Oratorio dei Carmini until a few years ago before the restoration, i.e. a warehouse/closet left in the most complete neglect, now the organ cover is placed close to the wall in the north hall of the Oratory, almost a large decorative tapestry. For the visitor who enters the Oratory by climbing the stairs, it is a visual impact of sure effect.

Albano Berton

Sodalitas Cantorum

Via Carmini, 6 – 36063 Marostica (VI)
President: Esq. Teobaldo Tassotti

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The Church and the Oratory of the Carmini: the book (IT only)

Here is the cover image of the volume presented to the public on Saturday 23 November 2019, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the construction of the Carmine church (1619).

By clicking on the cover image you will have access to a short excerpt of 5 pages that will give you an idea of the very high quality of the work and the great and patient work done to make it. The volume, in its entirety, has as many as 156 pages.

It is a wonderful and complete work where the Church and the Oratorio dei Carmini are told, which represents one of the most loved assets for the citizens of Marostica, and which the contribution of institutions, associations, companies and families has returned in recent years to its former glory. This publication, the last act of an enhancement project carried out by the volunteers of Sodalitas Cantorum, represents a new opportunity to make this seventeenth-century jewel known to the world, highlighting the civil, religious, social vitality and art of seventeenth-century Marostica.

We are pleased to inform you that the aforementioned volume is on sale at the cover price of € 25.

To buy it, simply send an e-mail to the President of our. Association, at the address