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Raphael’s Frescoes



Raphael’s Frescoes

Raphael’s Frescoes

Wednesday, May 27th at 2:00pm (Central Time)

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a Zoom webinar with:

Marco Leona, Head of Scientific Research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Antonio Sgamellotti, Accedemia dei Lincei Fellow, and
Virginia Lapenta, Chief Curator at Villa Farnesina

The series of webinars offered by the network of Italian Cultural Institutes of US and
Canada on the occasion of the Raphael 500 celebrations continues with a
conversation on the execution technique and materials employed by Raphael on his
fresco paintings, in comparison with the most up-to-date scientific investigations
carried out during recent restorations.
Most notably, the conversation will focus on Raphael’s work in the Loggia of Cupid
and Psyche at Villa Farnesina in Rome, on the heels of a digital project developed by
Antonio Sgamellotti and Virginia Lapenta, in collaboration with the ISTI-CNR
Visual Computing Lab. The digital results of the project have been recently made
available online, providing an amazingly close look at the frescoes made by Raphael
and his workshop on the Loggia domed ceiling.

Marco Leona is the David H. Koch Scientist in Charge of the Department of Scientific
Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studied in Italy where he earned a
Ph.D. in Crystallography and Mineralogy from the Universita’ degli Studi di Pavia. Prior
to joining the Metropolitan Museum, Leona worked at the Freer Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C., and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Leona
pioneered the use of Surface Enhanced Raman spectroscopy to investigate natural
and synthetic dyes in works of art.

Antonio Sgamellotti is Professor Emeritus of the University of Perugia; Fellow of the
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei; Co-founder and Honorary President of the SMAART
Center (Scientific Methodologies applied to Archaeology and Art) of Perugia; Cofounder of the Mobile Laboratory, MOLAB, for non invasive in-situ investigations on artifacts; and President of the CERHER (Center of Resilience on Heritage).
Virginia Lapenta is Chief Curator of Villa Farnesina – Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
in Rome. She studied Art conservation in Bologna and Naples and teaches Roman Art
History at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. Her most recent studies focus on the
recovery and restoration of the 16th and 17th century decorations of the Villa
Farnesina rooms that recently re-opened to the public.

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Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Time: At 2:00 pm

Organized by : IIC New York

In collaboration with : IIC Chicago, IIC Los Angeles, IIC Montreal, IIC To

Entrance : Free


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