How best to care for Carpaccio’s princess bride has occupied conservation professionals for nearly 500 years, from the first documented restoration treatment in 1521, to Save Venice’s current conservation efforts.
Now housed in Venice’s Accademia Galleries, this 15th-century narrative cycle of nine canvases illustrating the story of Saint Ursula suffers from condition problems that have hindered its legibility for centuries.
Updated conservation methods, aided by infrared photography performed with a state-of-the-art Osiris imaging camera, have given a new look to the familiar figures of these much-loved Venetian pictures.
Melissa Conn, director of the Venice office of the American organization Save Venice Inc., will illustrate the discoveries and results of the monumental on-going campaign dedicated to preserving the legendary Ursula, an unlikely heroine.
Sponsored by Save Venice.
Image: Vittore Carpaccio, The Meeting of the Etherius and Ursula and the Departure of the Pilgrims (detail), 1498. Oil paint on canvas; 280 x 611 cm. Gallerie dell'Accademia.