Roberta Lapucci speaks at “Preparing the Way III: Representing John the Baptist” – Friday, June 20, 2014

Detail of Caravaggio's "Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness", 1604–5. Oil on canvas, 68 x 52 in. (172.7 x 132.1 cm) The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Detail of Caravaggio’s “Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness”, 1604–5. Oil on canvas, 68 x 52 in. (172.7 x 132.1 cm)
Collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.


Preparing the Way III: Representing John the Baptist

Friday, June 20, 2014 from 10am-4pm

The British Institute of Florence

Sala Ferragamo
Harold Acton Library
Lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence – ITALY

Presented in Italian & English

€20 full price including morning tea and buffet lunch
€15 Harold Acton Library Members, students & over 60s
Proceeds to benefit the Cultural Program

The third annual interdisciplinary conference will include guest speakers Dr. Roberta Lapucci PhD, Jeremy Boudreau MA, Penny Mittler MA, author Lisa Clifford and screenings of works by filmmaker David Battistella and musician Federico Maria Sardelli. This will be held once again at the British Institute in Florence. We are most grateful to the Director, Julia Race, for the institute’s support – and to all the staff for their generous ongoing support for the festival.

For complete information about the annual conference, see

Dr. Roberta Lapucci

Dr. Roberta Lapucci, PhD

Dr. Roberta Lapucci, PhD

Art Historian and Conservator
Studio Art Centers International

Restoration as a philological moment: significance of St John for Florence and Malta, at the time of Caravaggio…

This lecture presents the results of a series of restoration interventions carried out by Dr. Lapucci privately or at SACI (Studio Art Centers International in Florence) for the Italian State and Maltese Museums, or for private collectors, on the subject of St. John, respectively the Patron Saint of Florence and of the Hierosolimitan Military Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta.

The artworks range from Caravaggio to Mattia Preti, crossing almost all the XVII century. Restoration interventions are briefly described; some propose very innovative solutions. The approach is to read the meaning and symbols of each iconographical choice to present the figure of this Saint, in relationship to the changes undergoing in the Church establishment during such a debated period.


John Hoenig FRSA
Fondatore e Direttore Artistico
Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista – Firenze, Italia
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Further information and bookings please visit the Festival



About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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