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date: 16 November 2019

Succi familylocked

  • Alessandro Conti


Italian family of restorers. After a series of experiments dating from as early as the first half of the 18th century, Giacomo Succi (fl Imola, c. 1775; d Rome, 1809) and his sons Domenico Succi (flc. 1826) and Pellegrino Succi (fl 1812–63) perfected a method of transferring frescoes from their original settings, with techniques that are the basis of those still in use. They generally removed only the painted layer (the strappo technique), which was then treated to ensure that it retained the correct degree of luminosity. Giacomo’s first experiments were made in 1775 on the frescoes by Bartolomeo Cesi in Imola Cathedral (two poorly preserved fragments, Imola, Mus. Civ.), and he is also known to have been responsible for the removal of two works by Guercino in 1791, the White Mare and Venus and Cupid (both Cento, Pin. Civ.)

A greater number of works were transferred by Giacomo’s sons, and these are often of far better quality than would be expected at such an early date. ...

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