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laude d’Urfé’s wainscoting as it was around 1557

14-02-2019
   
 
   
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laude d’Urfé’s wainscoting as it was around 1557. From the “deep troubles” of a late 19th century artist-photographer to the recent achievement of a 3D reconstruction

14-02-2019
   
  ELENA BUGINI
Claude d’Urfé’s wainscoting as it was around 1557
From the “deep troubles” of a late 19th century artist-photographer
to the recent achievement of a 3D reconstruction

with a foreword by Laure Fagnart

formato cm 17 x 24 - pp. 110, brossura
€ 20,00 iva inclusa - ISBN 978 88 7766 6826
Lubrina Bramani Editore 2019

The exquisite panelling we can currently admire in gallery 502 of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York does not align perfectly with the original 16th century wainscoting commissioned by the French ambassador Claude d’Urfé for his chapel in the Lyon countryside. Due to changes of owner and function over centuries, it has undergone multiple alterations, so that several of its remaining elements have been irreversibly resized or reshaped. This study is mainly intended to present an accurate picture of the appearance of the d’Urfé wainscoting as it was conceived in the mid-1550s. The groundbreaking reconstruction is especially based on the unpublished and overlooked set of photographs devoted to d’Urfé’s chapel taken at the end of the 19th century by Félix Thiollier, a successful French ribbon manufacturer and artist-photographer, eager to preserve as accurate as possible an image of the building, whose Renaissance splendour was on the verge of turning to ruin.

Elena Bugini has a PhD in History of Art from the Universities of Tours and of Geneva and one in Musicology from the University of Turin. She has specialised in Italian Renaissance marquetry and its development and transformation during its migration from Italy to France in the 16th century. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Liège, within the European Union programme BEIPD-COFUND-IPD (a.a. 2016-17 and 2017-2018).