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Updated : 17/04/2002

Florentine School unknown painter

(XVI century) Bishop SaintAnonymous of Florentine School - 17th century) Oil on canvas , 88 x 73cm - San Miniato al Monte Basilica, Florence As we have a very few information about this and the following picture (both kept in the San Miniato al Monte Basilica), we decided to describe briefly the restorations works. Before the restoration, the painting was in pretty bad conditions: the canvas was strongly oxidized and fragile, furthermore it was very torn and had many holes (even though of small size). The poor cohesion between the pictorial layers was the main cause of many small colour falls. A large number of these falls had been filled with putty in a previous restoration and the whole picture had been revarnished. When starting the new restoration, firstly the colour was protected with a thin layer made of rabbit glue and Japanese paper, then (after removing the picture from stretcher), the colour was fixed with some rabbit glue. Holes were filled with pieces of old canvas and putty, then the picture was backed according to the "Florentine manner", that allows to attach with hot paste the old canvas to a new defribed canvas, previously treated with animal glue. This operations made the surface conditions improve, so the thin protective layer was removed and the picture was remounted on a new stretcher. Cleaning the pictorial layer made it possible for the restorers to remove the revarnishings of the previous restoration, finding out wide areas of original colours, which had been hidden until that moment. The current restoration has been completed filling the gaps with putty, preparing the tempera colours and the final varnishing.
This painting was restored under the project BE PART OF HISTORY realised by VIVAHOTELS with the promotion of the ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO FOUNDATION.
The Project was born in 1994 in order to give a contribution to Florence Artistic Heritage with restoration of pieces of art trough the fundamental emotional involvement of the clients of VivaHotels.
By visiting the gallery where the masterpieces due to be restored is conserved, a VivaHotels guest contributes to the restoration without being involved in the direct cost of the sponsorship. Thus he becomes Patron of the Arts and his name will remain in the files of the Gallery forever.
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This painting was restored in the project BE PART OF HISTORY of VIVAHOTELS in co-operation with the ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO FOUNDATION.


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