SACI hosts “Paintings Out of Jail” Conservation Symposium & Exhibit: April 9, 2016

Paintings Out of Jail

CONSERVATION SYMPOSIUM & EXHIBITION:

“Paintings Out of Jail / Dipinti Fuori dal Carcere”

SACI: Saturday, April 9, 2016 / sabato 9 aprile 2016
10am-6pm / ore 10-18

Studio Art Centers International presents the “Paintings Out of Jail” Symposium & SACI Gallery Exhibition in Palazzo dei Cartelloni on the historical, technical, and conservation research related to the restoration by SACI Conservation students and instructors of beautiful Baroque paintings from the Chiesa del San Giacomo al Forte in Porto Azzurro, Elba, which is today within the fort’s prison complex. Since then, the paintings have suffered further from neglect and improper care. The paintings, which are at the mid-stage of restoration, will be exhibited only on April 9 in the SACI Gallery from 10 am to 6 pm. This project was made possible by support from the Soprintendenza Belle Arti e Paesaggio for the Provinces of Pisa and Livorno.

Restoration detail of "St. Catherine of Alexandria," by an unknown artist, c. XVIII, oil on canvas, 132x96 cm

Restoration detail of “Virgin in Glory,” by an unknown artist, c. XVIII, oil on canvas, 132×96 cm

 HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE PROJECT

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Elba Island, off the Tuscan coast of Italy

The history of the town of Porto Azzurro on Elba Island is intimately linked to that of the Spanish crown and the State of Presidi.

Until 1947, the town was named Porto Longone after the first Beneventan fort. This fort, a project of King Phillip III built in 1603, was a bastion of the Spanish Empire’s fortified Tyrrhenian Sea marine system.

Settled in a coastal area linking Naples to Elba that was connected by Argentario forts, it served as a key strategic point for defense against pirates from the south and the French fleet from north.

Porto Longone at the Fort of San Giacomo, Elba Island

Porto Longone at the Fort of San Giacomo, Elba Island

In 1635, inside the walls of the village inhabited by the troops, the fort’s Saint James Church was erected. Its name derives from the apostle Saint James the Greater, who sought to convert pagans to Christianity in the Spanish peninsula.

The paintings within the Church are in the style of the Masters of the Florentine schools of the 17th and 18th centuries. It appears that they were donations from the Court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Some may have been commissioned by the Governors of the fort, where a number were buried.

All are on sacred subjects. They celebrate the devoted lives of Dominican and Franciscan saints in ways consistent with traditional representations that arose after the Council of Trent.

Chiesa del San Giacomo al Forte in Porto Azzurro, Elba Island

Chiesa del San Giacomo al Forte in Porto Azzurro, Elba Island

The Church, which is today within the fort’s jail, was terribly damaged during a prison rebellion in 1987. Since then, the paintings have suffered further from neglect and improper care.

The Superintendence of Pisa and Studio Art Centers International (SACI) have collaborated to restore and return to the public the first four of eleven paintings from the Church.

The structural intervention and cleaning of the paintings have provided us with this initial opportunity for identification and critical analysis of these works.

The paintings, which are at the mid-stage of restoration, will be exhibited on April 9 only in the SACI Gallery from 10 am to 6 pm.

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

Morning: 
Welcome
10.00 Steven Brittan, SACI President
10.20Andrea Muzzi, Pisa Superintendent
10.40Francesco D’Anselmo, Director of Porto Azzurro Garrison

Lectures:
11.00 Amedeo Mercurio, Superintendence of  Pisa,  Il progetto. Cronaca di un salvataggio in extremis
12.00Roberta Lapucci, SACI, Il programma iconografico della Chiesa di San Giacomo al forte
13 – 14.30 – Lunch Break

Lectures:
14.30Alice Parri, SACI, The Restoration Procedure & Technical Data Related to the Paintings 
14.50 Emanuela Massa, Art Test, Analisi diagnostiche delle quattro tele di Porto Azzurro
15.00Monique Ferneyhough, Tanya Richards, SACI, Large-size Format Lining
15.20Kimberly Roche, Emily Day, SACI, Resizing the Painting
15.40Eileen Conlon, Reed Hudson, SACI, The Importance of “Prima Tela”
16.00Andres Zighelboim, Lauren Sewell, SACI, An Aesthetic Problem: Filling the “Lacuna”
16.20 – Round Table
17.00 – Symposium Ends

Admission is free.

 Download the Program in English/Italian

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rtv38Update: RTV38, Roberta Lapucci was interviewed about the SACI restoration project, exhibition, and Symposium entitled “Paintings Out of Jail,” to be held at Palazzo dei Cartelloni on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS9Jb3GkM9o

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SACI Gallery / Clayton Hubb Lecture Hall
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino, 11, Florence – ITALY
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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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