21/03/2021 - Perugia

The results of the project for the preventive and planned conservation of artistic assets of the "Nobile Collegio del Cambio", by Archimede Arte with the support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia Foundation, have been officially presented to press agencies.

The Nobile Collegio has been scanned to the millimeter, at three hundred and sixty degrees, from paintings to the wooden furnishings, to the vaults, to the entrance portal.
The project to digitize the "most beautiful bank in the world" is relevant as the Collegio is one of the most precious testimonies of the Perugian Renaissance.
The Rector of the Nobile Collegio, Professor Vincenzo Ansidei di Catrano, and the lawyer Francesco Depretis, representative of the Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia Foundation, sponsor of the project, have presented the project's details in a videoconference.

Archimede Arte is a leading Umbrian company in the sector of 3D surveys, a consultant on digitization guidelines to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, with the highest quality services provided to important entities that own assets of unparalleled artistic value such as the Vatican Museums; they have been chosen for the project not only to protect the Nobile Collegio del Cambio but also to carry out a detailed survey of the state of health of the heritage preserved inside the extraordinary seat, set within the walls of Palazzo dei Priori.

The objective of the Noble Collegio del Cambio was to protect, conserve, and enhance the heritage.
"The Nobile Collegio del Cambio, the seat of the Money Changers Corporation, built in the splendid setting of Palazzo dei Priori, represents a unique treasure chest of artistic beauties, among the most important in the city, a destination for tourists and scholars from all over the world" - in the debut of the presentation by the Rector, Professor Vincenzo Ansidei di Catrano.
"Authentic masterpieces of the history of Italian art, such as the frescoes in the Sala dell'Udienza made by Perugino, the furnishings and wooden inlays, the work of Domenico del Tasso and Giampiero Zuccari, the decorations of the Chapel of San Giovanni, carried out by Giannicola di Paolo, are housed in the Collegio.
Thanks to the generous support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia Foundation, in recent decades we carried out important restoration interventions, both on frescoes and wooden furnishings. More recently, we also carried out the conservative restoration of the gates and the precious Matricola of 1377.
Today, therefore, we highly valued the possibility to commission a project that would allow us to ascertain - with extreme precision - the state of health of the places, to be able to protect in advance the precious and delicate artistic assets present in the ancient headquarters of the Money Changers.
The innovative digitization techniques also open unprecedented study scenarios, while the meticulous and detailed photographic reconstruction already allows art historians to make even more in-depth assessments on the frescoes of Perugino and his collaborators.
This technologically advanced initiative testifies once again to the attention and care of the Nobile Collegio del Cambio in carrying out its main institutional task, which is preserving, protecting, and enhancing the historical-artistic heritage of which we are the guardian.
And it also attests to the sensitivity of the Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia Foundation, that has always been close to the Collegio in the process of protection and enhancement".

Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia Foundation, focuses on cultural innovation.
"The Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia Foundation - said Francesco Depretis - has always paid great attention to the protection and enhancement of the artistic heritage, understood as a value to be preserved and handed down as a cultural heritage of our territory but also a very important element for its repercussions social and economic, for example in terms of tourism development.
Through our programs we have, therefore, supported numerous projects over the years in this direction, some activated by the Foundation itself, others through thematic calls in the art sector, a tool that aims to stimulate collaboration between Bodies, Associations, and Institutions on specific issues to better grasp the opportunities to bring concrete and lasting innovation to cultural activities.
The project we are presenting today is mainly aimed at safeguarding and conserving one of the symbolic cultural sites of the city of Perugia, represents an important end, certainly for those who created it - demonstrating how the safeguarding of resources inherited from the past is an individual responsibility, as well as collective.
Anyway, for the Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia Foundation, cultural innovation is becoming increasingly important because of the health emergency: augmented reality, virtual tours, and digitization are and will be more and more the tools of the future to offer our artistic heritage to the widest fruition and to keep the dialogue with the art world alive.
It is no coincidence that one of the thematic calls for the 2021 program, which is scheduled to open in April, is aimed precisely at the digitization of the historical, artistic, bibliographic, and archival heritage of the territory".

Archimede Arte's philosophy: a passion for spreading art to future generations.
"We are happy to have been able to be alongside an icon of the city and Perugian Renaissance art.
We operate with a precise philosophy, a passion that leads us to give our best to protect art and be able to pass it on to future generations, combined with the desire to transmit the beauty of art to everyone as a tool for individual growth ", explained Aldo Pascucci, Archimede Arte CEO, who spoke in the project presentation.
The integration of laser scanner, photogrammetric and thermographic survey work of the Nobile Collegio del Cambio - Pascucci then went on to explain - allowed digitization in its entirety, with georeferenced laser surveys at the level of buildings and artworks, and monitored with thermographic surveys, for complete and accurate protection of all assets.
The project has been carried out using laser tools and other highly professional technologies capable of surveying artistic properties with a density greater than 0.5 mm pixels.
The surveys will guarantee, first of all, the protection of the selected assets through their digitization and the possibility of knowing all the more detailed aspects.
The activities of the artistic survey will support an objective of programmed conservation in the medium and long term of the architectural artworks (walls, ceilings, vaults, and floors) through interventions of relief at multi-year time intervals of control.
The data resulting from these analyzes will support advanced planning of those interventions aimed at reducing the risks on the integrity of assets of immense value, such as those in the Nobile Collegio del Cambio".
“The thermographic surveys - concluded Pascucci - made it possible to verify the situation of the frescoes on the walls and of the vault frescoed by Perugino. Moreover, thanks to graphic post-processing software, extremely detailed three-dimensional representations are obtained in the quality of detail, easily exportable and usable on digital and management platforms ".

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