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I restauri di Franco Steffanoni sui dipinti della Pinacoteca comunale di Vicenza (1908-1928)

Simona Rinaldi


The paper outlines the history of restorations carried out by Franco Steffanoni (1870-1942) from Bergamo between 1908 and 1928 on the paintings in the municipal gallery of Vicenza. On the basis of the unpublished documentation present in the Steffanoni family archive, two distinct phases are identified: the first between 1908 and 1912 and the second in the 1920s following the reopening of the municipal gallery after the First World War. In the first phase, Steffanoni works on the most famous paintings of the municipal gallery (Battista da Vicenza, Bartolomeo Montagna, Giovanni Bonconsiglio, Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Tintoretto, Giambattista Tiepolo) and he also starts a collaboration with the painter Cesare Laurenti in the art market, while in the second phase he also restores many paintings in the churches of Vicenza territory, today difficult to identify.