News in the Field: 2015


300 Million Euro Restoration Plan for Italian Heritage Sites

  • The Italian government has voted to devote 300 million euros to restoring various important Italian heritage sites, including Venice and Siena.  For more details, click here.

Orazio Gentileschi’s Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife to Return to Queen’s House, Greenwich

  • As part of the ongoing restoration to Inigo Jones’s Queen’s House, Greenwich, Orazio Gentileschi’s Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife will be returned to the Queen’s House for the first time since 1650; the painting was part of the Royal Collection and was commissioned specifically for the Queen’s House.  For more details, click here.


Obituary of Hellmut Hager

  • Hellmut Hager, Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University and a renowned expert on Baroque and Rococo architecture (particularly Carlo Fontana), passed away on 10 November.  For his obituary, click here.

Restoration of Gothic Folly at Wimpole Hall

  • A year-long project to restore the eighteenth-century Gothic folly by Sanderson Miller at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire (UK) is nearing completion.  A full report on the process of restoration, from stone replacement to the trimming of scrub, is available here.

Completed Restoration of 17th-Century S. Teresa d’Avila, Turin

  • Restoration of the 17th-century S. Teresa d’Avila, containing two chapels by Filippo Juvarra, in Turin has been completed.  For more details, click here.


Borromini’s Porta di S. Martino in Cimino Recently Restored

  • Francesco Borromini’s Porta di S. Martino, located in Cimino, has recently been restored.  For more details, click here.

Chemistry Hearth Discovered in Jefferson’s University of Virginia Rotunda

  • A chemical hearth, part of an early science classroom, has been discovered by conservators on the bottom of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson.  For more details, click here.

Video Showing Secret Staircase Inside and View from London’s Monument

  • A pair of photographers for a new Baizdon guidebook to London recently gained access to a secret staircase inside the Monument, designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke.  For a video and photographs of the staircase and view, click here.


Restoration of Dürer’s Triumphal Arch by the British Museum

  • The British Museum is currently restoring Albrecht Dürer’s print of a triumphal arch.  A detailed report on the process of photographing and documenting the arch, together with a report of new discoveries, is available here.

Summer Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo Now Open to the Public

  • The 17th-century summer papal palace at Castel Gandolfo is now open for tours.  For more details, click here.


Restoration of 16th-Century Fountain Inside Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio

  • The 16th-century fountain, located in the courtyard of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio and most likely designed by Giorgio Vasari and Bartolomeo Ammannati, will be under restoration until May 2016.  For more details, click here.

3-D Printed Simulation of Baroque Room

  • The German architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have used computer technology to create a 3-D printed simulation of a Baroque interior.  For more details, click here and here.

Guarini’s Cappella della Sindone To Reopen in 2017

  • After 20 years of restoration following a devastating fire, Guarino Guarini’s Cappella della Sindone in Turin will reopen in the spring of 2017.  For more details, click here.


Obituary of Julian Kliemann

  • Julian Kliemann, professor at University of Münster and a renowned historian of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, died earlier this month.  For obituaries, click here and here.  For an example of a recent project — research into the Protestant cemetery in Rome (dating from the eighteenth century), click here.

Hôtel de Caumont by Robert de Cotte Opened as Art Center in Aix-en-Provence, France

  • The early eighteenth-century Hôtel de Caumont, designed by Robert de Cotte in Aix-en-Provence, has been restored and opened as an art center that will house various exhibitions.  For more details, click here.

New 2015 World Heritage Sites Announced

  • 23 new World Heritage sites, including the late eighteenth-century Moravian Christiansfeld in Denmark and the eighteenth-century  mission complexes of the San Antonio River basin in the United States, have been selected. For more details, click here.


Hundreds of New Piranesi Drawings Discovered in Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Two albums of drawings at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, Germany have been re-attributed to Piranesi.  For more details, click here.

Audio Reconstruction of Eighteenth-Century Paris

  • A team from Université Lyon-2, led by Mylène Pardoen (Department of Music and Musicology), has reconstructed the soundscape of eighteenth-century Paris.  For more details and the reconstruction, click here.

Overview of the Recently Restored Seaton Delaval by Sir John Vanbrugh

  • In 2009, the National Trust acquired and began to restore Sir John Vanbrugh’s early eighteenth-century Seaton Delaval in northern England; this article offers an update on the ongoing restorations, as well as a photo gallery.  For more details, click here.


Early Eighteenth-Century British Clandon Park House Gutted by Fire

  •  In late April, a fire gutted the early eighteenth-century Clandon Park House, a Grade I house owned by the National Trust in Surrey, England.  For more details, click here and here.

Salone in Filippo Juvarra’s Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi Now Restored

  • The salone, the central room, inside Filippo Juvarra’s early eighteenth-century Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi has recently been stabilized and restored.  For more details, click here.

Restoration of the Basin and Parterres of Latona at Versailles Completed

  • After two years of work, the restoration of the basin and parterres of Latona in the gardens of Versailles is now complete.  For more details, click here.


Closure of Inigo Jones’s Queen’s House for Restoration

  • Inigo Jones’s Queen’s House in Greenwich will be closed from 27 July 2015 to 4 July 2016 so that various restoration projects can be executed.  For more details, click here.

Opening of Private Apartments in Sir John Soane’s Museum

  • From 19 May, the private apartments in Sir John Soane’s Museum (London) will be open to the public.  For more details, click here.

Ceiling of Festsaal in the Bavarian Schloss Lustheim to be Restored

  • The ceiling of the Festsaal in the late seventeenth-century Bavarian Schloss Lustheim will be secured by the addition of steel beams; Schloss Lustheim was commissioned from Henrico Zucalli by Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria after his marriage to the Austrian emperor’s daughter Maria Antonia.  For more details, click here.


Alina Payne Appointed New Director of Villa I Tatti

  • Harvard University has appointed Alina Payne, Alexander P. Misheff Professor in its Department of History of Art and Architecture, as the new director of Villa I Tatti beginning in summer 2015.  For more details, click here.

Obituary of Dalibor Vesely

  • Dalibor Vesely, a renowned Czech architectural theorist and historian who taught at the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge, died earlier this week in London.  For more details, click here.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Awarded £200,000 to Restore Wren’s Dome

  • The First World War Cathedral Repairs Fund has granted St. Paul’s Cathedral £200,000 to conduct essential repairs to Sir Christopher Wren’s dome and to safeguard Sir James Thornhill’s paintings in the dome.  For more details, click here.


Restoration of Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital’s Painted Hall

  • The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted The Greenwich Foundation £2.77 million to begin restoration of Sir James Thornhill’s early eighteenth-century paintings in the Painted Hall of the Greenwich Naval Hospital.  For more details, click here and here.

Palazzo Quirinale in Rome Opens Permanently to the Public

  • As the new president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella has announced that the Palazzo Quirinale will be open permanently to the public and that more rooms will now be on view.  For more details, click here.

Cleaning of Sir John Soane’s Bank of England Exterior

  • During the next three months, the remaining wall from Sir John Soane’s Bank of England will be cleaned for the first time in two decades.  For more details, click here.


Restoration of the Clock on Borromini’s Torre dell’Orologio

  • To commemorate the anniversary of its installation, the clock inside the Torre dell’Orologio of Francesco Borromini’s Casa dei Filippini complex in Rome is currently being restored.  For more details, click here.

Campaign to Preserve Neo-Palladian Wentworth Woodhouse

  • A campaign to preserve and open Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire, England — an early eighteenth-century house with extensions by Henry Flitcroft — has recently been launched.  For more details, click here.

First-Floor Rooms to Open in the Palazzo Barberini’s South Wing in 2016

  • The Italian Ministry of Defence has decided to give its first-floor rooms in the south wing of the Palazzo Barberini to the museum; after restoration, these rooms will open in 2016.  For more details, click here.