THE CASE OF CAPOGROSSI IN ROME: COLLECTING DATA WITH DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES ON A CONTEMPORARY MURAL PAINTING
- 1Private Conservator, Via Pian di Sco 23, 00139 Rome, Italy
- 2Private Architect, Via dei Ginepri 11, 00171 Rome, Italy
Keywords: Capogrossi, Contemporary Mural Painting, Collecting Data, Technologies, Digital Stereophotogrammetry, CAD and GIS graphic documentation
Abstract. This paper focuses on the presentation of a part of the main thematic data documenting the pathologies and the degradation problems of a contemporary mural painting, which was designed and carried out by the italian artist Giuseppe Capogrossi in 1954. This forgotten masterpiece is developed on the ceilings of the main double stairscase at the entrance of the Airone, an ex-cinema-theatre in Rome (Italy). In time, the original project was completely damaged and now the Airone cinema is abandoned since 1999; the decoration, strictly connected to the function of the original project, has been completely covered by synthetic coatings. The documentation of the observed pathologies and the original materials of the lower ceiling takes place during a restoration project in 2015–2016 and was accomplished by utilizing different technologies in order to facilitate the collecting of the main data within several graphic thematic tables. The challenge of this documentation was to create a contact point, and perhaps also a contamination, between the practices of CAD graphic documentation, restoration and GIS technology.