The Fincibec Group funded a major restoration of the decorations of Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, one of the most important symbols of the city of Bologna, and of its “Alma Mater Studiorum”, the oldest university in Europe.
The monument, built in the second half of the sixteenth century, needed specific restoration interventions to stop the gradual degradation of the XXII arch frescoes of the upper arcade. In particular, the intervention, performed by Daniela De Angelis under the supervision of the Superintendence of Artistic and Historical Heritage, applied different methodologies depending on the materials and ancient techniques of manufacture, repairing the discoloration of pigments and the loss of colour that had occurred.
The restored decorations are those relating to the commemorative inscription of year 1600 dedicated to Giovanni Paolo Bonfioli, University of Bologna Professor in Law from 1598 to 1601, and to the above panel with depictions of the Virgin adoring the Child. What also underwent restoration was the coat of arms of the first “American” student in Bologna, Diego de Leon Garavito, Spanish native of Lima in Peru, for which the University established, at the end of the 16th century, the definition of “Natio Indiarum”, indicating the grouping of students coming from the new world.
The works funded by Fincibec have finally concerned the six pillars of the north side that had severe discoloration caused by the clumsy restoration works carried out in previous eras.