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Live broadcast: Restoration laboratory Opificio delle Pietre Dure

With conservator SIMONA CALZA

Photo courtesy of Opificio delle Pietre Dure, G. Zicarelli

A ‘Restoration Conversation’ at Florence’s Opificio delle Pietre Dure, at the Fortezza da Basso, is a dream come true. On June 13, 2023 presenter Linda Falcone will take viewers into one of the world’s foremost conservation laboratories, and speak to paper conservator Simona Calza about her work… and a series of drawings by seventeenth-century artist Maria Luigi Raggi, which are part of the Museo di Palazzo Pretorio in Prato's collection.

Art on paper and parchment – which can include drawings in charcoal, or other technique such as watercolour, sanguine, woodcut, intaglio, lithography, tempera and more… are among the most fragile works in public collections the world over. The Opificio delle Pietre Dure, hosts a plethora of art-rescue departments ranging from paintings, sculpture, ceramics, bronzes and works on wood, in addition to paper… and its historical iteration was founded in 1588 by Ferdinando I de’ Medici, as a semi-precious stones workshop. The paper restoration department works with traditional drawings and prints, but it also rescues other items constructed using paper – from preparatory cartoons and fans, to papier-mâché statues and ancient geographical globes. Link to participate coming Soon!


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