Vatican Museums, Pinturicchio’s “Liberal” Arts Hall restored

Vatican Museums, Pinturicchio’s “Liberal” Arts Hall restored

Next September 21, “Museum Thursday” will be dedicated to the complex restoration of wall decorations created by the Peruvian master Bernardino di Beato in the period between 1492 and 1494 in the Borgia apartment.

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A few months after completing the restoration of the Liberal Arts Hall in the Borgia Apartment, the Vatican Museums are devoting an event on Thursday, September 21 Museum Thursday To the complex restoration of wall decorations created between 1492 and 1494 by the Peruvian master Bernardino di Beato, known as Pinturicchio. The room, which was probably used as a study office by Pope Alexander VI Borgia (1492-1503), is called the Liberal Arts Room in reference to the “arts” or disciplines that formed the basis of teaching in medieval schools. They represent the celebration of knowledge in its various disciplines, and are depicted metaphorically as beautiful women sitting on thrones. Among these works, the eloquence bearing the inscription “Pentorichio” stands out, the only signature of the artist present in the entire pictorial cycle.

Supported by the generosity of the Art Patrons of the Vatican Museums (Canada Branch), the restoration of the Hall is part of the broader conservation project for the Borgia Apartment paintings, which began in 2002 with the Hall of Puzzles and was carried out entirely by laboratory paintings and wood materials under the supervision of Director Francesca Persigati and Site Manager Marco Pratelli . The works were carried out under the scientific supervision of the Department of Art of the 15th and 16th Century, previously directed by the late Guido Cornini and now led by curator Fabrizio Beverali.

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During the conference, not only will the historical events that led to the various changes in the use of the rooms be traced, with clear consequences for the conservative state of the entire apartment, but we will focus above all on the uniqueness of the technique used by Pinturicchio in several rich decorations. The conference will be presented at 4.00 pm by the Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Gatta, who will then leave the floor to the various protagonists of the project: Fabrizio Beverali, Curator of the Department of Art of the 15th and 16th Centuries; Marco Pratelli, master restorer; Olderico Santamaria, Head of the Office of Applied Scientific Research on Cultural Heritage; Fabio Morisi, Assistant Diagnostics in the same Cabinet; Francesca Persigati, Head of the Laboratory for the Restoration of Paintings and Wooden Materials.

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