Restoration Journal

The Archangel Returns to the Duomo


14th November 2017

This past 7th November the elegant winged figure of the archangel ascended to Milan's autumn sky, spreading its wings in flight all the way to the top of the Vandoni Spire, now in its final stage of restoration.

An excellent reproduction of the original created by Giacomo Sozzi between 1892 and 1898, the sculpture measures 232x66x81cm.
The vision captivated the hundreds of visitors present on the Terraces and in the Square: Gabriel, the angel of the Annunciation, thus returned to his position at the feet of the Madonnina, the sculpture honouring the Virgin Mary which has looked over the city since 1774.
The sculpture is the 150th piece of art created for the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano by sculptor Nicola Gagliardi.

Sozzi's Archangel had for quite some time shown signs of profound disrepair, due to atmospheric conditions and the passage of time, which made its permanence at that height impossible. It was a restoration emblematic of the Fabbrica's ceaseless work, carried out also thanks to the support of all those who donated through the Get Your Spire Carve your name in history initiative.

With the original having been removed in May 2017, Gagliardi's reproduction arrived at the Duomo's restoration site this past 2nd of November.
The strong yet delicate touch of the Veneranda Fabbrica's workers accompanied the flight of the Archangel all the way up to the spire.

The sculptor Nicola Gagliardi began to work for the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano in 1984: from that moment he has created 150 sculptures in Candoglia marble, 23 of which for the façade.