Chiesa di Santa Maria della Misericordia

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Interventions of conservation and restoration of the mural paintings of the apse and of the triumphal arch of the church of Santa Maria della Misericordia

In 1619/20 Federico Borromeo gave order to modify the decorative apparatus of the church because it wasn’t anymore concordant with the cultic needs of the time. While waiting to have the money to execute decorative apparatus that suited with the given directives it was decided to cover the paintings first with a whitewash and subsequently with plaster. The operation was led in a wrong way and it caused remarkable damages to the painted surfaces adding lacunas and detachings to those caused by the hammering that had been carried out to apply the plastering.