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Roma 1786: la carica di Assessore alla Scultura e i suoi candidati

Chiara Piva    Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    

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The Edict Valenti-Gonzaga, issued in 1750, aimed to improve the protection of the artworks in Rome by establishing three Assessors with the duty to supervise respectively sculptures, paintings, and antiquities across the city. Focusing on 1786, when the position of assessor for sculptures remained vacant, this essay offers an accurate reading of the role of this officer in the cultural context of the time. Based on extensive archival documentation relating to the candidacies for this position in 1786, the article highlights the power relationships between the sculptors and the dynamics of the Roman art market. Giuseppe Antonio Guattani’s final choice is also an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between artists and scholars in eighteenth-century Rome.

Published
June 21, 2022
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-716-6
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-623-7

Keywords: ConservationHeritage protectionRomeArt marketEighteenth centuryAssessor for sculptures

Copyright: © 2022 Chiara Piva. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.