Author of The Restorer and co-author of Consigli: Ovvero l’Arte di arrangiarsi in Cantiere ed in Bottega, and Il Colore Negato E Il Colore Reitrovato, Daniela Murphy Corella is a founding member and the president of Associazione Bastioni, an association of international restorers dedicated to research in the field of art restoration.
Daniela Murphy Corella teaches Mural Conservation at SACI. She has taught painting restoration at the Universita Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence and wall painting techniques at the Associazione Culturale Dedalo in Pienza.
Formerly a restorer for Decoart CBS, she has participated in the restoration of many artworks for the Soprintendenza per I Beni Artistici e Storici di Firenze, including works by Filippino Lippi, Il Quercino, Il Volteranno, Maestri Pompeiani, Giusto Sustermans, Duccio di Boninsegna, and Alessandro Allori. In 2004, she was chosen to coordinate the restoration of over 600 square meters of wall paintings by Gerardo Starnina in the San Blas Chapel of the Cathedral in Toledo, Spain.
Daniela Murphy Corella has a Diploma, Universita Internazionale dell’Arte Firenze. Her specialization was in conservation and restoration of wall paintings, canvases, and panel paintings.
I believe that one cannot be taught how to become a wall painting restorer. The conservation and restoration of artworks is not a craft that can be explained through a series of lessons - artworks hold mysteries of the past and unveiling these mysteries requires specific character traits which one has or does not have. The role of a teacher within a conservation syllabus is merely that of training a potential restorer to think as a professional restorer does. Restoration requires an analytical mind, an investigative attitude, an uncanny sense of touch, sight and smell and above all the endless desire to trace the footsteps of the past.