This poster will briefly report the results of scientific analyses made on the National Monument inmemory of Francesco Baracca (a captain of the Italian air force), located in Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna, Italy). Created by the artist Domenico Rambelli in 1936, this Monument is considered to be one of the most relevant icons of monumental Italian 20th century architecture. The whole structure has an extension of 1.040m2 and it is an assembly of: a stepped base, a colossal airplane wing and a bronze statue, representing the aviator, standing on a cylindrical pediment. Excluding the statue, theMonument is entirelymade of Travertine. Scientific analyseswere directed to support the first significant restoration work (held in 2014) concerning the Monument. Firstly, a preliminary naked eye observation was combined with mineralogical (XRD) and chemical (micro-chemical spot tests) analyses to localize and characterize the degradation pathologies affecting the surfaces, indicative of ongoing phenomena. Then, a multi-analytical approach (RLM, SEM/EDS, μ-FTIR) permitted to characterize the materials and techniques used by the artist to obtain different kinds of surface finishing, emphasizing specific parts of the Monument so to achieve well-defined optical effects. Finally, VIS-RS, RLM and SEM/EDS investigations were performed to evaluate the application of a surface coating recently introduced and tested in the field of Cultural Heritage, the titanium dioxide in nanoparticles. In conclusion, the project, besides being a valuable support for the restoration, represented an occasion for studying an eminent artistic product of an epochal monumental architecture, symbol of recent history now deserving a renewed attention.

The National Monument in memory of Francesco Baracca in Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna, Italy): materials, techniques and conservation aspects / Fiorentino, Sara; Vandini, Mariangela; Grillini, Gian Carlo; Foschini, Ada. - ELETTRONICO. - (2015), pp. P24.54-P24.54. (Intervento presentato al convegno 1st International Conference Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology tenutosi a University College, London nel 14-15 July 2015).

The National Monument in memory of Francesco Baracca in Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna, Italy): materials, techniques and conservation aspects.

FIORENTINO, SARA;VANDINI, MARIANGELA;GRILLINI, GIAN CARLO;FOSCHINI, ADA
2015

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This poster will briefly report the results of scientific analyses made on the National Monument inmemory of Francesco Baracca (a captain of the Italian air force), located in Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna, Italy). Created by the artist Domenico Rambelli in 1936, this Monument is considered to be one of the most relevant icons of monumental Italian 20th century architecture. The whole structure has an extension of 1.040m2 and it is an assembly of: a stepped base, a colossal airplane wing and a bronze statue, representing the aviator, standing on a cylindrical pediment. Excluding the statue, theMonument is entirelymade of Travertine. Scientific analyseswere directed to support the first significant restoration work (held in 2014) concerning the Monument. Firstly, a preliminary naked eye observation was combined with mineralogical (XRD) and chemical (micro-chemical spot tests) analyses to localize and characterize the degradation pathologies affecting the surfaces, indicative of ongoing phenomena. Then, a multi-analytical approach (RLM, SEM/EDS, μ-FTIR) permitted to characterize the materials and techniques used by the artist to obtain different kinds of surface finishing, emphasizing specific parts of the Monument so to achieve well-defined optical effects. Finally, VIS-RS, RLM and SEM/EDS investigations were performed to evaluate the application of a surface coating recently introduced and tested in the field of Cultural Heritage, the titanium dioxide in nanoparticles. In conclusion, the project, besides being a valuable support for the restoration, represented an occasion for studying an eminent artistic product of an epochal monumental architecture, symbol of recent history now deserving a renewed attention.
2015
Book of abstracts - 1st International Conference Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology
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The National Monument in memory of Francesco Baracca in Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna, Italy): materials, techniques and conservation aspects / Fiorentino, Sara; Vandini, Mariangela; Grillini, Gian Carlo; Foschini, Ada. - ELETTRONICO. - (2015), pp. P24.54-P24.54. (Intervento presentato al convegno 1st International Conference Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology tenutosi a University College, London nel 14-15 July 2015).
Fiorentino, Sara; Vandini, Mariangela; Grillini, Gian Carlo; Foschini, Ada
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