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On the occasion of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary from Raphael’s death, the Embassy of Italy in Nicosia in collaboration with Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories/ STARC of the Cyprus Institute and the A. G. Leventis Gallery is organising a webinar on Raphael and His Workshop: The “Digital” Loggia of Cupid and Psyche in the Villa Farnesina on the 30th of June at 18.00

This webinar will offer an exciting digital dimension of the history and art of the famous Loggia of Cupid and Psyche in the Villa Farnesina in Rome, named after its vault decoration painted by Raphael and his workshop in 1518. The digital system was developed by researchers Eliana Siotto and Gianpaolo Palma (Institute of Information Sciences and Technologies, CNR-Pisa), building on the major scientific project that studied, analyzed and preserved the Loggia led by the Webinar’s speakers, Prof. Antonio Sgamellotti and Prof. Virginia Lapenta.

This Webinar is a prelude of the exhibition "Raffaello in Villa Farnesina: Galatea e Psiche" (dates to be announced) which will present aspects of the interdisciplinary study of the Loggia’s frescoes with a particular focus on the materials and the painting technique of Raphael. Research work integrates the knowledge acquired in past restorations with the very interesting results of recent  investigations conducted with the most innovative non-invasive techniques. These studies focused on drawings in the plaster, discovered during the 1970s, under the "Polyphemus" by Sebastiano del Piombo and the "Triumph of Galatea" by Raphael. In addition, restoration work has shed new light on the five landscapes of the Loggia di Galatea, attributed to Gaspard Dughet.

Antonio Sgamelloti is Professor Emeritus at the University of Perugia and a member of the prestigious Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. During his illustrious career he has been instrumental in the growth of Heritage Science and advancements in the use of non-invasive in-situ applications and tools for the study of heritage assets. In this capacity he has been Co-founder and Honorary President of the Excellence Centre SMAArt (Scientific Methodologies applied to Archaeology and Art) of Perugia; Co-founder of the Mobile Laboratory, MOLAB, for non-invasive in-situ investigations on historical-artistic artefacts and President of the CERHER (Centre of Resilience on Heritage Science).

Virginia Lapenta is curator of Villa Farnesina – Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and Lecturer at Tor Vergata University of Rome for the Master's Degree Course in – Art History in Rome from Late Antiquity to the Present. Her main interests are the topography of ancient Rome and the historical landscape of classical and medieval Campania. Her most recent studies concern the recovery and restoration interventions of the sixteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth century painting decoration of the Villa Farnesina rooms which were re-opened to the public during the last years.

The Cyprus Institute is one of the country's leading research and higher education centres whose long-standing partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Nicosia has led to important initiatives, such as the Enrico Fermi Lecture Series, annual events to mark the Italian research Day in the World, and many other initiatives on a wide range of topics.

The A. G. Leventis Gallery is one of the major art centres in Cyprus focusing on Europe’s artistic heritage. The Leventis Foundation and the Embassy of Italy in Cyprus have been enjoying fruitful collaborations throughout the years, such as music events, art exhibitions, lectures and conferences.

The webinar will be held in English.

Please register here to join the webinar and take part in the Q&A session.

The event will be livestreamed also on our Facebook page, on The Cyprus Institute’s Facebook page, and on the A. G. Leventis Gallery’s Facebook page. Alternatively, you can watch it on The Cyprus Institute's YouTube Channel and at the end of the live streaming, on our YouTube channel as well.

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