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from issue no. 11 - 2006

An extraordinary discovery in Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome

The Gothic Hall of the convent of the Augustinian nuns

The frescoes, some details of which are reproduced here, come from the recently uncovered cycle in the cloistered convent of the Augustinian nuns of Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome.
At the conclusion of the approximately nine years restoration (carried out by the Inspectorate for the architectonic heritage and the landscape for the Comune of Rome andby the Inspectorate for the historical, artistic and ethno-anthropological patrimony of Lazio), Gli affreschi dell’Aula gotica nel Monastero dei Santi Quattro Coronati. Una storia ritrovata [The frescoes in the Gothic Hall of the monastery of Santi Quattro Coronati. A rediscovered history] by Andreina Draghi (who directed the restoration), has been published. It was sponsored by Dexia Crediop and launched on 5 December in the presence of the minister for cultural assets and activities, the civil and religious authorities concerned and numerous scholars.
The cycle, of extraordinary importance for our knowledge of 13th century Italian painting, is not for the moment open to the public. It will be from next spring in a fashion that respects the cloistered nature of the convent.

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