What is it about?
In the heart of the Roman district of Trastevere, walking along via della Lungara - the "via Sancta" for pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Peter - you reach the Church of San Giacomo alla Lungara. With over a thousand years of history at its back, the church has been over time a crossroads of religious and social events that have shaped the life of the capital. The decision to dedicate the church to San Giacomo, was made in light of the discovery of the tomb of the apostle in Galicia at the time of Charlemagne in the year 814. Indeed, the phenomenon of mass pilgrimage of Christians from all over Europe to the shrine of Campostela by Christians throughout Europe stemmed from the unearthing of St. James’ tomb.
The martyr San Giacomo, who has always been the protector of pilgrims, wayfarers and knights, is depicted on the high altar of the church. The author of the painting is the painter Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610-1662) from Viterbo, called Raffaellino, as his work was strongly influenced by the renowned Raphael.
The painting on the wall today presents the inexorable signs of time that obscures its natural and original beauty. The current state of preservation reveals an oeuvre that presents a high level of compromised in the quality of the image, in the depth of the colors and in the chromatic nuances.
The purpose of this initiative has a double intent. On the one hand to restore the splendor of the work, through a restoration that allows a proper use, and on the other hand, to promote and support a conservative intervention whose benefits will fall on the entire community, residents of the neighborhood and visitors, students, tourists, and generally on future generations to whom the work will be bequeathed in optimal conditions.
Also of particular importance is the evocative message of which the protagonist of the painting is the apostle Giacomo, symbol of hope and faith, protector of those who are on the road to new destinations in search of certainty, salvation and solidarity.
In an era characterized by migration, this message is more relevant than ever, and worthy of being shared.
We believe that art is a powerful tool to communicate themes and values related to collective life.
How funds will be used
The raised funds will be used to carry out a series of works necessary to preserve the painting over time and to support events and activities for the valorization of the work, directly involving the social fabric of the territory.
More specifically we will:
Conduct diagnostic investigations on the work in order to determine the most suitable procedures and materials to be used during the phase of restoration;
Proceed with the operations of setting up the site and its scaffolding;
Pursue the cleaning and retouching of the work conducted by a professional restorer;
Implement photographic and scientific documentation activities, including a video support;
Publish a “workbook”, recording all the phases of the project, from historical and technical research, to diagnostic investigations.
Furthermore, and compatibly with the pandemic situation, we intend to organize visits to the site in order to experience the backstage of the restoration, a series of conferences with experts in the field to deepen some relevant issues related to the intervention, and eventually, an exclusive event after the completion of the restoration works with special guests from the Italian art sector.
In addition to the technical costs, the campaign support will cover part of the management costs, the professionals involved, the production of rewards and the communication
Who's behind the project?
The action is promoted by Verderame progetto Cultura, a restoration and cultural project studio that since 2012 has been working to support of cultural heritage by promoting restoration and recovery of works in need of care and valorization, building public-private partnerships and supporting fundraising initiatives.
The studio, based in Rome, is located in the Trastevere district, a few meters from the Church of San Giacomo where the work is kept.
For the studio of Verderame, this project is a matter of launching an initiative to protect and valorize an artistic asset to which we have always been very fond and attached, representing a shared place of aggregation for the community living in the area.
We will be in responsible for the restoration work and the subsequent activities of valorization with the support of the Church and the Convent of San Giacomo alla Lungara.
Project created by
Verderame progetto cultura
Verderame Progetto Cultura was founded in Rome in 2012 on the initiative of a group of experienced and skilled in the cultural heritage sector who wanted to create a dynamic reality in the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Our mission is to carry out recovery and enhancement projects through the construction of networks and collaborations between the public and private sectors.