After two years of study, and another two of dissemination in the academic field, the CAEM Center d’Art d’Època Moderna of the University of Lleida makes accessible the results of the study and restoration of Pisanello’s wall paintings in the Ducal Palace of Mantua to all interested public.
This is a joint project between the CAEM of the University of Lleida and the LANIAC of the University of Verona, which included the researchers Miquel Àngel Herrero Cortell and Marta Raïch from the University of Lleida, who travelled to Mantua in 2018 to plan and execute, together with Paola Artoni and Paolo Bertelli, what seemed like a truly complex challenge: to technically analyze the vestiges of a large mural painting 9.5 meters long, tangled in its conception, unfinished in its realization, and deteriorated in its state of conservation. As if this were not enough, this mural is 4.4 meters high, and had to be analyzed without interfering with the activity of the museum that contains it.
The most spectacular result is undoubtedly the reconstruction of the set of contours and drawings, even in cases where they had been partially lost. In this sense, the superimposition of photographs that capture different ranges of the visible spectrum (VIS-IR-UVL) allowed us to obtain a kind of large complete tracing of the figures on the wall, in which missing parts were completed, allowing an immediate holistic perception of the composition. These maps of images, together with other results obtained, such as pigment identification, are freely accessible now at the Repository of the University of Lleida, thanks to the digital publication of the Centre d’Art d’Època Moderna.
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