“UNDERWATER: Objects & Artifacts Restored by SACI” works damaged by the Florence Flood of 1966, through November 10, 2016


UNDERWATER: Objects & Artifacts Restored by SACI

Through November 10, 2016

The Conservation faculty at Studio Arts College International (SACI) restores with students archaeological artifacts, murals, paintings, frames, and other objects with the goal of contributing to the community by collaborating with cultural institutions, museums, and private owners of these damaged objects. SACI Conservation students are guided by their instructors, Dr. Roberta Lapucci, Nora Marosi, Stefano Garosi, and Alessandro Gori, who trained them in use of materials and techniques. The instructors teach SACI students how to examine and work on damaged paintings and objects, note changes resulting from time and adverse environmental conditions, and resolve problems through ethical restoration procedures. 

November 4, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic and devastating Florence Flood. For this occasion, the exhibition Underwater: Objects & Artifacts Restored by SACI documents the restoration by SACI instructors and students of a number of cultural treasures damaged by flood waters, including the paintings Saint Jerome (attributed to Polidoro da Caravaggio) and Bronzino’s Madonna with Child and Saint John; Florence’s Santa Maria degli Angeli chapel; and Novilara’s Picenian tombs. 

 Eddie & PoppDuring the exhibition, this SACI publication will be available: 

Dear Eddie and Popp; Letters from the Florence Flood of ’66

Editor: Mary Beckinsale
Photographs © Nick Kraczyna

Paperback, 48 pages
Published by SACI, The Underdog Press, 2010

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SACI Gallery
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino 11 – Florence, ITALY
T 055 289 948

Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-7pm

Admission is free
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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.


  1. Fascinating and worthwhile. Wish I was on that side of the Atlantic..would love to see this.

    • Thanks, we wish you could have seen it too! Even RAI TV came to film the exhibition. SACI’s conservation and restoration department and students helped to save several historic pieces.

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