Lorenzo Fei

Sant'Ignazio in Rome. Philological recovery of the frame supporting the painted dome

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The constructive and structural elements are the testimony of a vocabulary that characterises a place and time, expresses the consistency and evolution of different cultural constructions materializing technology and scientific acquisitions. Despite this, there are innumerable examples where the maintenance of structures depends on being deemed inadequate on the basis of functional criteria in force. An example is the wooden frame supporting the dome painted by Andrea Pozzo in the church of Sant'Ignazio in Rome: through an archive search it was possible to produce a careful reconstruction of the architectural structure, coherent with the static schemes the structure was called to fulfill. Using this information, a "surgical" restoration project was then carried out using carbon-based nanotubes epoxy resins, evaluating their contribution in terms of bearing, monitoring it through software for the finite elements.

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