The wooden altar


Besides being an artistic gem, the altar of the Blessed Sacrament (now high altar, after concluding the renovation of the presbytery in 1945) represents an "ideal sacred architecture". On a high base in Doric style, there is a large vestibule which is supported by Corinthian columns and contains the complex sculpture of the Last Supper. Going upwards an octagonal triburio can be found, with columns on its vertexes that support triangular frontons and angels holding the instruments of the Christ's Passion. On top of the ciborium, a cupola covered by leaflike motifs ends with a lantern which supports the little statue of the risen Christ.

However, it's the altar plan rules that make the relationship among all its parts harmonious and so, able to convey a sense of beauty.
Due to its form and big dimensions as well as to static problems, the canopy is the element of the altar that underwent the major number of transformations after its transfer and rotation from the transept side to the centre of the presbytery.

The restoration of this work lasted two years and finished in 2004. It fixed the damage of the past by rebuilding the original arrangement of ornaments and sculptures and proposing again the previous gilding and colours which had been replaced by substances that hid their splendour.

The Christ Blessing "welcomes" the visitor from the top of the classical canopy with typical grooved columns in gold and white topped by Corinthian capitals.


Fonti:  Quaderni di storia Candianese 4 -2004 -  pp15-27