(b. 1435, Lucca, d. 1501, Lucca)
Tempietto del Volto Santo1482-84
Cathedral of San Martino, Lucca
In the 1480s Civitali and his workshop worked on many projects, the most important of which were the altar tomb of St Regulus (1484) and the chapel of the Volto Santo.
The Holy Face of Lucca (Volto Santo di Lucca) is a venerated wooden corpus of a crucifix, located in the free-standing octagonal Carrara marble chapel (the tempietto or "little temple"), which was built in 1484 by Matteo Civitali to contain it; the image in its tempietto stands in the right-hand nave of the Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca, Italy.