Basically in the course of 2017 and 2018, and during the pre-research and data compilation phase, I have accessed the archives of the following institutions: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Opificio delle Pietre Dure i Laboratori di Restauro, Tribunale Superiore di Firenze , Gipsoteca dell’Istituto d’Arte di Firenze, Fondazione Michelangelo Buonarroti, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze. I also made initial interviews to Piero Cannata and to different professionals such as Franca Falletti (director of the Galleria dell’Academia during 1992 – 2013), Angelo Tartuferi (current scientific expert and deputy director of the Galleria dell’Academia), Marzia Marigo (secretary of the archive of the Galleria dell’Academia), Cinzia Parnigoni (restorer), Susanna Bracci (scientific restorer of the CNR), Fabio Fratini (scientific restorer and geologist of the CNR), Annamaria Giusti (art historian and director of restoration of the OPD), Luigi Davitti (cast technician of the Gipsoteca). In addition, during summer 2018, I visited the different external and internal quarries of Carrara, its workshops (including the Michelangelo and TorArt Laboratories), the marble technical schools by the hand of their directors and teachers, as well as the museums and art centres of Carrara.

On the other hand, at the end of 2018 I contacted the Departments of Geology of the UAB and the University of Helsinki. Dr. Oriol Oms and Dr. Marc Anglès from the Stratigraphy Unit, Dr. Anu Kaakinen and the researcher Katja Bohm from the Air Erosion Unit, advised and assisted promptly regarding my inquiries related to the marble powder, its sizes, constitution and behaviors. We also agreed on future collaborations for the video Processus in pulvere.

Since the beginning of April 2019 I am in conversations with the curator Ulla Taipale, for a visit and possible involvement of some scientists at INAR, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research.

Report Travel Grant, 2017
Report Travel Grant, July 2018
Report TTOR grant, 2018