SACI’s Art History Department collaborates with U.S. Consulate General Florence to develop Palazzo Canevaro guidebook for the 200th anniversary of the Consulate’s establishment in Florence
In collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Florence, SACI’s Art History Department has developed and published a guidebook for Palazzo Canevaro, the Consulate’s home in Florence. The collaboration was a part of #Insieme200, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Consulate's establishment in the city.
After extensive research, SACI’s MA in Art History students, with instructors Maria Antonia Rinaldi and Alice Parri, produced the guidebook detailing the art, architecture, and history of the palazzo. Beginning in the fall of 2018, the department began carrying out art history research on several paintings in the Consulate. They also conducted research on the history of the architecture and the families that owned the palazzo before it was acquired as the seat of the U.S. Consulate General. Their research was then used to create a publication highlighting the historic, artistic, and cultural significance for the Consulate and the city of Florence.
The guidebook, produced by the SACI Press, was generously paid for by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations - Office of Cultural Heritage. It was unveiled at the Consulate’s Independence Day reception on June 27th by Consul General Wohlauer. SACI MA in Art History students also had the chance to visit Palazzo Canevaro to see the building and the artworks they studied for the publication.
For the occasion of #Insieme200, the SACI Conservation Department, led by SACI instructors Dr. Roberta Lapucci, Nora Marosi, and Alice Parri, also collaborated with the Consulate to restore two paintings: Still Life and Landscape, which decorate the walls of Palazzo Canevaro. The cultural asset manager at the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Buildings Operations in Rome worked with SACI over the past year on this collaboration, and arrangements are in the works to have the students conserve four more paintings in the upcoming academic year. The paintings are part of the State Department Permanent Cultural Heritage Collection.
Learn more about #Insieme200.