Archive Projects

Studium Generale Marcianum Foundation -The restoration project in Venice

The Studium Generale Marcianum, as part of the cultural project of the Italian Catholic Church, is the academic-pedagogical and  research center  of the Patriarchate of Venice.


Marcianum library


The video presents the restoration works in progress of the of the building, next to the Basilica of theMadonna della Salute, headquarters of the Studium Generale Marcianum Foundation of the Patriarchal Seminary of Venice: 

 Studium Generale Marcianum Foundation – The restoration


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Microorganinsm for surface cleaning

Balancing the risks associated with restoring the world’s masterpieces and frescoes is an art in itself. But a mixed group of experts from Italy and Spain demonstrate that injecting a bit of life in this case, bacteria into a painting can work wonders in removing unwanted features a piece gathers over time.



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The Sgraffito-Adobe technique in the Puna Argentina

Arriving in the village Yavi, province of Jujuy late afternoon from la Quiaca, nearby the border between Argentina and Bolivia, it was quite cold and nobody’s around. 


Mari Sol's dog Mancha looking for us


When we decided to stay in a family house to better understand the Native Andes Culture & Life a dog found us en la Calle Reconquista and took us to his home where Mari Sol greeted us with a smile. 

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Murals Rediscovered at Qusayr ‘Amra

The second season of conservation work at Qusayr ‘Amra Jordan wrapped up on November 30. The site, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, dates to the early eighth century and was a lodge and bath complex for an Umayyad caliph.


Qusayr ‘Amra, Jordan


The unique early Islamic murals on the interior are among the most important surviving from that period. This season saw the conservation of the exterior-including the repointing and consolidation of walls damaged by floods in 1994 and the dome and barrel vaults of the caldarium-as well as work to clean and stabilize the murals, many of which have been obscured for decades. 


The conservation of the early Islamic murals

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St. Paul’s ancient face at long last revealed

The light reveals Christ the master, the healed cripple and Lazarus and Daniel among the lions, but the real revelation is that of the first recognized depiction of St. Paul’s face.

laser cleaning

It is to be found at Santa Tecla in an ancient roman road, via Ostiense, hidden in an underground cubicle where the temperature is about 14 degrees and the humidity reaches 98%. This catacomb, rediscovered in 1720, now exhibits effigies of four apostles dating back to the end of the fourth century. Biblical scenes and faces have once again coming to light thanks to the work of the Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra, presided over by Fabrizio Bisconti, with director Barbara Mazzei in the role of project coordinator.

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Apostle images from 4th century found under street in Italy

New laser burnt away centuries of calcium deposits to reveal earliest known pictures of Andrew and John in Rome catacomb.

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