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"The Art of Conservation: Protecting & Preserving our Cultural Heritage” a conference – Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:30PM at Georgetown University



Washington D.C., April 1, 2016 - The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Spain and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, presents a conference dedicated to “The Art of Conservation: Protecting & Preserving our cultural Heritage”. Prominent international panelists will illustrate different philosophies and techniques of restoration. The conversation will touch upon different eras and challenges, from ancient archaeological sites such as Pompeii and the Cave of Altamira to the extraordinary restoration of works of art damaged by the 1966 flood in Florence carried out by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, and the restoration of early works of Andy Warhol.

The featured speakers are: Professor Massimo Osanna, Superintendent Of The Archaeological Site of Pompeii; Pilar Fatás Monforte, Deputy Director of the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira (Cantabria, Spain); Professor Cecilia Frosinini, Faculty Member of the Conservation Department, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, Italy; and Jay Krueger, Head of Painting Conservation, National Gallery Of Art, Washington, DC.

The event will take place on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Intercultural Center Auditorium at Georgetown University, 37th & O Sts., NW, Washington, DC.

For more information and to register please go to the Italian Research Institute website

This event is part of the “Protecting our Heritage” initiative of the Washington chapter of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), under the 2016 Italian presidency, in order to raise awareness on the need to act against the growing threats posed to cultural heritage by wars, international terrorism, criminal organizations, climate challenges – or more simply, by neglect. The program supported by UNESCO and by the Delegation of the European Union in the United States.

More information about the “Protecting our Heritage” program is available here: