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Restoration of the late-18th-century wooden floor in six rooms located on the first floor of Villa Reale,

Modern Art Gallery (former Marino Marini rooms)

In the first-half of 2014, six rooms found on the first floor of the Modern Art Gallery underwent extensive restoration. The worksite, which lasted various months, was intended to salvage the precious inlaid parquetry, dating in all likelihood to the early decades of the 1800s and made by Milanese cabinetmakers who trained in the neoclassical style of Giuseppe Maggiolini. This was a restoration project of exceptional importance, as the floor – in a dire state of conservation – had for many years been hidden under carpeting, which had been part of the former Marino Marini Museum (now in the Novecento Museum), and was executed by the Studio Albini Helg Piva in 1984.?Moreover, the Studio Zanolini restored the ceilings in two rooms (the only ones to have survived) adorned with tempera and, therefore, salvaged a part of the original decoration.?This work, by the restorer Luca Quartana, was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Restoretion report

Restoration video