Brief addresses will be offered by H.E. Dr Andrea Cavallari, Ambassador of Italy in Cyprus and Mrs Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel, Director of the A. G. Leventis Gallery. Dr Nikolas Bakirtzis, Associate Professor at Τhe Cyprus Institute and Director of the Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories will offer a brief response to the presentation and will coordinate the following discussion.
This webinar will offer an exciting digital dimension of the history and art of the famous Loggia of Cupid and Psyche in the Villa Farnesina in Rome. The Loggia is named after its vault decoration painted by Raphael and his workshop in 1518. The digital system was developed by researchers Eliana Siotto and Gianpaolo Palma (Institute of Information Sciences and Technologies, CNR-Pisa), building on the major scientific project that studied, analyzed and preserved the loggia led by the Webinar’s speakers, Antonio Sgamellotti and Virginia Lapenta.
This Webinar is a prelude of the exhibition “Raffaello in Villa Farnesina: Galatea e Psiche” (dates to be announced) which will present aspects of the interdisciplinary study of the Loggia’s frescoes with a particular focus on the materials and the painting technique of Raphael. Research work integrates the knowledge acquired in past restorations with the very interesting results of recent investigations conducted with the most innovative non-invasive techniques. These studies focused on drawings in the plaster, discovered during the 1970s, under the “Polyphemus” by Sebastiano del Piombo and the “Triumph of Galatea” by Raphael. In addition, restoration work has shed new light on the five landscapes of the Loggia di Galatea, attributed to Gaspard Dughet.
The presentation and the related exhibition contribute to the celebrations of 2020 being designated as Raphael Year commemorating the 500th anniversary from his death. The Webinar event and the exhibition are organized in the context of the collaboration between The Embassy of Italy in Cyprus, the A. G. Leventis Gallery and Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories/ STARC of the Cyprus Institute in the broader fields of Art History and Cultural Heritage.