During the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the completed conservation and restoration research and work on the altarpiece from the Domino Church, in comparison with the other previously restored painting by Vaccaro from the Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel, will be presented.
Supervisor: Mara Kolić Pustić
Andrea Vaccaro (1604-1670) was a Baroque painter from Naples, whose numerous pieces can be found in southern Italy and Spain, but also in various museums around the world. Dubrovnik inherited two exceptional Vaccaro altar paintings in confraternity churches - Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Domino (All Saints’) Church.
Both altarpieces were restored at the Dubrovnik Department for Conservation of the Croatian Conservation Institute. The painting from the Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel was presented at the exhibition Restored paintings from the Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel in 2007. On that occasion, a catalog was also published that contributed to the study of the Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Vaccaro altarpiece was also presented as part of a lecture Tracing the Dubrovnik Art Patrons from south Italy during the Baroque at the Cvito Fisković Days symposium in 2008, and then at the Sacred and Profane Italian Baroque Painting in Croatia exhibition at the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery in Zagreb in 2015.
Conservation and restoration of the All Saints altarpiece from the Domino Church was completed in late 2017. The church itself has not been fully explored and, as in the case of the Church of our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the research results of the restored painting will certainly contribute to a better understanding of the wider context of benefactors and imported works in Dubrovnik during the Baroque.
By presenting the results of many years of work in situ, where the All Saints painting was returned, the aim is for the sometimes-neglected values of inherited cultural heritage, as well as modern and restoration methods of one part of easel painting, to reach its inheritors.