Help Save Staiti Family History!

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Help preserve Staiti family history! We need permission from the Vatican to move important relics in danger of being ruined from an old church in Trapani, Sicily to an environment where they have a better chance of being preserved. The Staiti Chapel is a church in Trapani, Sicily which dates to the early 1500s. Inside of this Chapel guarded by an iron fence are two sarcophagi, one for Jacobus Staiti (1478-1558) and his wife Margherita Staiti (d. 1576). These exquisite sarcophagi were designed by the Italian sculptor Antonello Gagini (1478-1536). A tin-glazed terra cotta statuary of Madonna of the Angels, created by the sculptor Andrea Della Robia (1435-1525), resides on the front wall.

Unfortunately this church is closed to public and no one regularly maintains the premises, leaving these almost 500-year-old works of art in a fragile state. A Staiti family monument currently resides in the Regional Museum of Messina. The monument consists of statues of Andreotta Staiti and his two sons, Federico and Matteo. It was created in 1548 by a Neapolitan sculptor, possibly by Giovan Angelo Montosorli (1507-1563) or one of his pupils. In 1989, this monument was found buried by the side of a highway in Messina. Thankfully, the statues are safely at home and prominently displayed in the Regional Museum.

If we get permission from the Vatican to move the sarcophagi from the Staiti Chapel, these works of art will have a chance at being better preserved and cared for well into the future.

The Staiti Family Organization is a not-for-profit organization committed to researching, disseminating, and promoting the history of the Staiti family and its descendants from around the world. 

Help support us by adding your name to the petition! We will solicit permission from the Vatican to move the works of art in the Staiti Chapel to a safer environment. We may include all or part of the list of signers in our letter to the Vatican. If you'd like updates on our progress, please "like" this page and follow the Facebook Staiti Family Group. Thank you!

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