Dal progetto al restauro di un manoscritto polimaterico

Il caso dell’Erbario Casapini (secolo XVIII)

Sara Mazzarino    Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italia    

Anna Bianchi    Cartantica di Bianchi Anna & C. S.n.c., Parma, Italia

Antonella Casoli    Università di Parma, Italia

Rossano Bolpagni    Università di Parma, Italia

Michela Berzioli    AN.T.A.RES S.r.l. Unipersonale, Bologna, Italia

Stellina Cherubini    R.T. Restauro Tessile, Albinea, Reggio Emilia, Italia



Casapini’s Herbarium is an 18th century manuscript, belonging to the Palatina Library in Parma and currently stored at the Botanical Garden of Parma University. The Herbarium collects nearly 200 samples of dried plant specimens that have been severely affected by physical, biological and chemical degradation. In 2016 the Inner Wheel Club Italia-Parma Est, an international female association, decided to fund the conservation of this Herbarium in order to preserve it and allow its study. A large team of professionals, including conservators, chemists, physicists and a botanist, has been working on the project to secure this unique but very fragile object. This paper discusses the condition assessment, the identification of degradation processes and the first conservation approach to the Casapini Herbarium. Issues related to the treatment of heavily corroded areas, the resewing of the sections and the future storage of the manuscript are also identified and highlighted for further research.

27 Marzo 2018
30 Gennaio 2018

Keywords: Diagnostic investigation on Cultural HeritageCopper based pigmentBook conservationPaper corrosionIron gall inkManuscript conservationCasapini Herbarium

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