Striving for Eternity. Material Experimentation in Seventeenth Century Roman Painting

Laura Valterio, M.A.

The project explores the use of semi-precious materials such as silk, copper, glass or stone in seventeenth century Italian painting. It reconstructs the historical imagery around these materials and examines the role played by their aesthetic and semantic properties in the construction of the image, with particular attention to their durability over time. 

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