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Meet the project's key players and join them. From institutional partners to the private sponsors whose 'saintly' contributions are making it all happen.

Institutional Partners
Lead supporters of the project include Florence Mayor Dario Nardella and Councillor for Equal Opportunity and Welfare Sara Funaro. Civic and state museum curators: Dr. Silvia Collucci and Dr. Anna Bisceglia. Conservator: Rossella Lari.

Our institutional partners: The City of Florence, Florence Museum Services, The Superintendent's Office for Florence's Museum Circuit, The Museum of Santa Maria Novella, the Complex of Santa Maria Novella and the Dominican Religious Community, the National Research Council’s Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage.

Private Sponsors
When AWA Board member Cay Fortune first saw Nelli’s Last Supper upon its arrival at the restoration studio, she was struck by the power of the painting and felt a particular connection to its youngest apostle: Saint John. A ground-breaking idea was born that day. Why not, she thought, engage a group of deeply-engaged community leaders, individual philanthropists, and local or international companies who would like to adopt each of the12 saintly figures—and that of Jesus Christ as well! Cay has recently shared her desire to 'adopt' Saint John by means of a $10,000 contribution. Her ‘condition’ for making this gift: that AWA welcome others into the 'art adoption sphere' by joining her with a similar gesture. Because this is the first time that Nelli's Last Supper has been studied in depth, not all of the Saints have been identified. This means donors and 'adoptees' will be part of a very dynamic discovery process.

Our top Adopt-an-Apostle Sponsors would love you to join them.

$25,000 DONOR

Donna Malin – Adoption of Jesus Christ

$10,000 DONORS

Cay Fortune, in honor of Jane Fortune – Adoption of Saint John

Jane Fortune
, in honor of Robert Hesse – Adoption of unnamed saint under 'Orate Pro Pictora' inscription

William Fortune and Joe Blakely – Adoption of unnamed saint

Wayne McArdle and Margaret McKinnon, in honor of Beverly Mclachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada – Adoption of Saint Judas Thaddeus

Alice Vogler – Adoption of Saint James the Younger

* Before the launch of 'The Adopt an Apostle Program', myriad partners and players were involved in our first drive to support the restoration of Nelli's Last Supper. Visit our TheFirstLast section for a complete overview of Phase I, including Honorable Mentions, Project Partner Videos and 'TheFirstLast Donors Album'.