Maria Vittoria Thau

Baldovinetti at Sant'Ambrogio, Florence. Twentieth century conservation history of the Madonna with Child and Saints

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The "Madonna and Child with Saints" by Alesso Baldovinetti in the church of Sant'Ambrogio in Florence although it is a well-known painting, it is not for its conservation history, especially the one closest to our times. This paper, through the copious documentation kept at the Archivio Centrale dello Stato in Rome and that of the Fondo Carocci in the ex Polo Museums of Florence, allows to know point by point the restoration suffered from the artwork between 1905 and 1912. The study of this restoration work has allowed to know the way to work of restorers such as Filippo Fiscali, Giuseppe Cavenaghi and Otto Vermehren. Alongside them, of course, the managers of the conservation and protection of cultural heritage in Italy at that time, that is Adolfo Venturi, Corrado Ricci and Agenore Socini, in that time Director of the Regional Office for Monuments of Tuscany, the figure as though Vermehren, yet to be studied, although it has played a key-role in the history of Italy.

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