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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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 availablehere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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 availablehere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhereandhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhereandhere. For an example of a recent project — research into the Protestant cemetery in Rome (dating from the eighteenth century), clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhereandhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhereandhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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, clickhere.
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