The Raphael of the Ambrosiana is Revealed to the Public after its Restoration

The Raphael of the Ambrosiana is Revealed to the Public after its Restoration
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The largest renaissance preparatory cardboard to reach the modern era, the work was entirely created by the hand of the master himself as a preparatory drawing for The School of Athens, and is on display to the public in all of its grandeur after a restoration lasting four years. While the work is known as The School of Athens - one of four frescoes commissioned in 1508 to Raphael by Pope Julius II for the Stanza della Segnatura at the Vatican - the correct title is The Philosophy. Divided in “two sections of cartoon drawing by Raphael d’Urbino”, the masterpiece came to the Ambrosiana in 1610 as a loan from Count Fabio II Viscount of Brebbia, to be handed over definitively in 1626 by the widow Bianca Spinola Borromeo, for the exorbitant sum of six-hundred imperial lire. Confiscated by French Police Commissioner Peignon, it was in Paris for a lengthy stay as it was restored. In 1918, the work was moved to Rome to protect it from bombardment and in 1942 it was moved to safety in the safe of the Cassa di Risparmio delle Province Lombarde before being displayed, in 1946, at an exhibition in Lucerne organised for raising funds for the reconstruction of the Ambrosiana. In 2014, the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, acting on behalf of the Fondazione Cardinale Federico Borromeo, began a lengthy study and restoration of the work, coordinated by a prestigious scientific commission along with Maurizio Michelozzi. Visitors can now admire the Raphael Cardboard in a specifically designed exhibition hall designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano