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Barbadori “pala” and Martelli Annunciation by Filippo Lippi. A comparative study on the paintings technique supported by scientific analyses

User  Group Leader: Lucia Biondi
Venue: Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF)

The main aim of the project was to make a comparison between Barbadori “pala” and Martelli Annunciation by Filippo Lippi.
The comparison was supposed to be possible confronting the data gathered during our restoration and non-invasive investigation on Annunciation with the information of C2RMF scientific databases.
The visit at C2RMF  gave access to the following data on Barbadori “pala” :
-Photographic documentation from 1938 to 1997 and several condition reports.
-Restoration work report (1938-39) by G. Zezzos
Non-invasive investigation performed on 1991: photographic documentation without the frame,  raking light, UV imaging, IR reflectography, X-ray radiography (not complete, only nr.15 plates)
-Photographic documentation of the back of the painting (1997).
The comparative study, still going on, should focus:
-More details on young Lippi’s technique
-Better definition of the corpus of the artist’s work
-The impact of restorations of the early twentieth century had on conditions of Renaissance tempera panels.
The study and comparison between Barbadori “pala” and Martelli Annunciation by Filippo Lippi should contribute to a better knowledge of artist’s painting technique and stimulate further comparisons among his works. Actually, the master’s activity has not yet been completely explored in all its aspects.
The results of the multidisciplinary search will enable us to complete the further study after the restoration of Martelli Annunciation in the best way. At the same time, the results will provide a useful starting point in case of restoration of the Barbadori “pala”.

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August 7, 2017