The Vatican Museums will host, on Tuesday 26 November, the second of the three days of the International study seminar Il cantiere nel Cinquecento: architettura e decorazione. I. Roma (The Cinquecento worksite: architecture and decoration. I. Rome). Arranged by Silvia Ginzburg, Letizia Tedeschi and Vitale Zanchettin, the meeting – to be held in both the Bibliotheca Hertziana and in the Swiss Institute in Rome – is conceived as the first phase in a project that is intended to reinterpret the history of the architectural and artistic worksite of the sixteenth century.
In the historical development of the sixteenth-century worksite, architecture and decoration constitute an indispensable combination, two complementary aspects not only from a material point of view. In Rome during the sixteenth century this interaction became dominant and assumed new characteristics.
Through significant case studies the seminar aims at a rereading of the Roman undertakings in their historiographic context, and a new collection and interpretation of data on techniques, solutions and materials used, with the intention of initiating a new reflection on the interaction between these aspects.