An exhibition dedicated to the restoration of the fresco in the Roman villa of Settefinestre in Maremma

From Sept. 15 to Nov. 15 in Orbetello, an exhibition delves into the restoration of the fresco at the Roman villa in Settefinestre, Maremma.

Thanks to the “Puntiamo i Riflettori” project, the fresco of the Settefinestre Roman villa in Maremma, between Orbetello and Capalbio, has been successfully restored. Now, the Superintendence of Archaeology for Tuscany, the FAI Maremma Group and the Tuscan Museum Pole will tell how the restoration work took place as part of the exhibition The FAI Maremma Group for Settefinestre: the recovery of a fresco. Details of interiors between the Roman villa and the city of Cosa.

On display in theformer Polveriera Guzman in Orbetello(Grosseto) from Sept. 15 to Nov. 15, 2018, the exhibition illustrates some of the details of the buildings’ interior decorations through a tour between the Polveriera Guzman in Orbetello and the Archaeological Museum of Cosa in Ansedonia. In order to understand the wealth of evidence from this area, some of the protagonists of archaeological research still in progress have been involved in the exhibition: the Universities of Florence, Siena and Pisa, and the Maremma Museum of Archaeology and Art in Grosseto.

Maddalena Ottali, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Orbetello, explains, "As Municipal Administration we strongly wanted and supported the initiative promoted by the Maremma FAI Group with the support of the Superintendence of Archaeology of Tuscany to restore the fresco of the Roman villa of Settefinestre. In particular, we asked that the intervention become the occasion for the staging of an exhibition that would offer the resident population and visitors the opportunity to learn more about such an important find and the equally important restoration work carried out. The initiative is in line with the willingness, happily accepted, of the Municipal Administration to initiate a constructive dialogue with the Archaeological Superintendence on issues of particular importance for the sector of Culture of Orbetello and the entire provincial territory, which first of all will focus on the strongly felt need to reopen the Archaeological Museum set up at the Guzman Powder Magazine for which the Municipality has been working for some time in the search for the necessary resources. I therefore take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Superintendency of Archaeology of Tuscany, which is always open to dialogue and constructive confrontation, the FAI Maremma Group for the commitment and dedication spent in the realization of the project, the Tuscan Museum Pole for the valuable collaboration in the realization of the event and, of course, the restorers, Eugenie Knight, Gabriella Gaggi and Lidia Rissotto, for the professionalism shown and the excellent result achieved."

The opening of the exhibition will be Saturday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. at the former Polveriera Guzman in Orbetello, followed by the opening of the exhibition from 7 p.m. in Cosa-Ansedonia, where the recent restoration of a portion of the fresco of the House of Diana in Cosa will also be presented. The hours of the temporary exhibition (Sept. 15-Nov. 15, 2018), at the former Guzman Powder Mill in Orbetello will be Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while on Saturdays and Sundays the exhibition will be open in the afternoons, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.The Cosa site, on the other hand, will be open daily, Monday to Sunday inclusive, with summer hours (until Sept. 30) from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and winter hours (from Oct. 1) from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Pictured: the fresco of the Settefinestre villa in Maremma.

An exhibition dedicated to the restoration of the fresco in the Roman villa of Settefinestre in Maremma
An exhibition dedicated to the restoration of the fresco in the Roman villa of Settefinestre in Maremma

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