“Exploring the Workshop of Pietro da Cortona: The Restoration of Villanova’s Triumph of David” will be the subject of an Oct. 26 symposium held from 1-5:15 p.m. at the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia. The event, which is part of the Ciao Philadelphia Italian Cultural Month held throughout October is free and open to the public with advance registration required.
Discussed at the symposium will be various aspects of the recently completed two-year restoration of da Cortona’s 17th century 12’ x 19’ Baroque oil-on-canvas painting, performed in the rare publically-accessible venue of Villanova’s Falvey Memorial Library. A collaborative effort between conservators, art historians, scientists and other professionals, the project can be visited at Villanova or online at link.
Symposium speakers will discuss 17th-century painting practice, the provenance and attribution relating to the mysterious work, the restoration process, and the implementation of an interactive website relating to the project. The full schedule for the symposium is as follows.
1:00 PM – Introduction and Opening Remarks
1:15 PM – Baroque Unroll: Design, Collaboration, Display and the Rubens/Cortona History of Constantine Tapestry Series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – Jack Hinton, Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture/Philadelphia Museum of Art
1:45 PM – Big Projects: Workshop Practice in 17th- Century Rome – Dr. David M. Stone, Professor of Art History and Director of the Curatorial Track Ph.D. in Art History/University of Delaware
2:15-2:45 PM - Coffee Intermission
2:45 PM – The Restoration of the Triumph of David – Kristin deGhetaldi, Project Leader-PhD Candidate, Preservation Studies/University of Delaware
3:15 PM - The History (and Mystery) of the Ruspoli Collection at Villanova University – Sarah Steffan, Project Intern/Villanova University
3:35 PM – Art History in the Digital Age: Archiving a Restoration – David Lacey, Library Software Development Specialist/Villanova University
4-5:15 PM - Reception