Milan, 2010-2012

Promoted by the Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo, and co-financed by the Fondazione Cariplo, the project aims to give visitors from Italy and abroad a fuller understanding of artworks while actually viewing them, by examining the history of the work through the conservation-restoration interventions that have taken place from the 19th century up to the present day. Information on the conservation history of the works of art includes the characteristics of the materials and techniques used, the state of deterioration, different attributions and changes made to the subject matter (often discovered during restoration work), providing viewers with more information on the works through their history over time, not only as a reflection of the period when they were created.

Several works of art have been chosen for the project and the aim is to expand the amount of background material available by giving more details not only on the history of restoration and the Italian restorers involved, but also on the specific activities of museums for the conservation of artworks.

Alongside the Trivulzio altarpiece by Mantegna, the Crucifixion by Michele da Verona, the Ancona della Passione by the Anversese workshop and the Madonna dei Gigli by Previati, a path was created that offered a new reading of the works of art and a greater awareness of the theme proposed.

Promoter: Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo

Participant Institutions
Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo
Civiche Raccolte d’Arte del Castello Sforzesco di Milano
GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano
Museo Diocesano di Milano
Pinacoteca di Brera

Fondazione Cariplo