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Roberta Lapucci talks about Caravaggio at LACMA

SACI’s Conservation Department Head, Roberta Lapucci, just returned from L.A. where she lectured at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on January 6. For the occasion of LACMA’s exhibition Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and his Legacy (through February 10, 2013), Lapucci shed some light, so to speak, about her extensive Caravaggio research to over 500 attendees. A renowned Italian scholar and conservation expert, she offered another perspective on the work and techniques of Caravaggio. How did he paint? What do scholars look for when examining his paintings? Lapucci has written extensively on such topics as the science of light and Caravaggio’s working methods, particularly during the latter years of the painter’s career. The LACMA lectures were featured in the LA Times. Caravaggio "Supper at Emmaus" Caravaggio, “Supper at Emmaus,” 1601. Oil on canvas, 139 cm × 195 cm (55 in × 77 in). National Gallery, London. Roberta Lapucci has a Laurea in Art History with Highest Honors, University of Florence; a Dottorato di Ricerca, Art History, University of Rome, Florence, Parma. Her Phd dissertation was on the “Technique of Caravaggio: Materials and Methods.” She co-directed the Caravaggio exhibitions held at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome. She has apprenticed with Florentine restorers, worked in private studios since 1975, established an archive of technical documentation and photographs of Caravaggio’s masterpieces at the Roberto Longhi Foundation in Florence; conducted computer research at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa predisposing computerized programs to file documents or artworks for the Italian museums. Since 1986, she has been teaching Conservation, Artistic Techniques and Diagnostics in specialization courses for post-graduates held at the University of Florence in the chemistry and art history departments. For the Soprintendenza dei Beni Artistici of Florence, she has catalogued and restored works of art belonging to Florentine museums, and churches. She has written articles for exhibition catalogs, art history magazines, and critical reviews, and is the author of a book entitled Caravaggio and Optics, published in 2005. For a list of Roberta’s publications, see the Publications section of this website; for those specific on Caravaggio, please consult the website: www.robertalapucci.com


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