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THE MÉTIERS OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER Roberto Sigismondi

Endangered Masterpieces

In addition to the “Foto Arte Italiana” campaigns Roberto Sigismondi is passionately involved in “finding” and documenting abandoned works of art and architecture at risk of falling into ruin or being subjected to vandalism. These may be in seismic areas or small villages whose populations have diminished to the point that chapels and churches have been abandoned and lost their dual role as places of worship and social centers. These buildings, often sites of art thefts and which, above all, have not been studied are often in isolated places such as the church of San Nicola at Ferentillo, east of Terni, or the thousand-year old Grotto of the Saints carved into the tufo near Caserta (north of Naples) where the frescoes had been stolen - cut out with an electric saw! In his text accompanying the photo, he wrote: “In addition to documenting the artistic value of the Grotto of the Saints, the aim of this photo essay is to draw attention to the problems related to conserving the significant number of this and other monuments at risk in Italy.”
In 2016 he conducted a photo campaign in Umbria, just months before the earthquake of 30 October destroyed or severely damaged many buildings between Norcia and Preci. Thanks to his photographs, the church of Salvatore a Campi and the Abbey of Sant’Eutizio were immortalized before they fell victim to the natural disaster. During his explorations of the area he also documented a moving sixteenth-century fresco of the Madonna between two angels that was found in the private chapel of the Madonna del Rosario, not far from Sant'Eutizio, which had been abandoned and already fallen into ruin before the 2016 earthquake.


San Nicola a Monterivoso, Ferentillo (Terni), 2019

San Nicola a Monterivoso, Ferentillo (Terni), 2019

Two overlapping frescoes with fragments of a Crucifixion, from the 15th (bottom) and 16th (top) century, Presbytery of San Nicola a Monterivoso, Ferentillo (Terni), 2019

Crucifixion (detail), 15th century, Presbytery of San Nicola a Monterivoso, Ferentillo (Terni), 2019

Wall in a grotto chapel from which parts of the 10th and 11th century frescoes were forcibly removed, Grotta dei Santi, Pignataro Maggiore (Caserta), 2019

Detail of the frescoes, 10th and 11th century, Grotta dei Santi, Pignataro Maggiore (Caserta), 2019

Wall in a grotto chapel from which parts of the 10th and 11th century frescoes were forcibly removed, Grotta dei Santi, Pignataro Maggiore (Caserta), 2019

Detail of the frescoes, 10th and 11th century, Grotta dei Santi, Pignataro Maggiore (Caserta), 2019

San Salvatore, Campi di Norcia (Perugia), 2009

School of Giovanni Baronzio: Cruzifixion, around 1464-1474, San Salvatore, Campi di Norcia (Perugia), 2009

School of Giovanni Baronzio: Cruzifixion, around 1464-1474, San Salvatore, Campi di Norcia (Perugia), 2009

Antonio and Giovanni Sparapane: Profeta, around 1464-1474, San Salvatore, Campi di Norcia (Perugia), 2009

Abbey of Sant’Eutizio, Preci (Perugia), 2016

Detail of the façade destroyed by the earthquake on October 30, 2016, Abbey of Sant'Eutizio, Preci (Perugia), 2016

Madonna del Rosario, Acquaro di Preci (Perugia), 2016

Madonna del Rosario, Acquaro di Preci (Perugia), 2016




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