On May 21st at the Gallerie d’Italia in Naples, the final exhibition of the nineteenth edition of Restituzioni was inaugurated, the biennial program for the safeguarding and enhancement of the national artistic heritage that Intesa Sanpaolo has been conducting for over thirty years in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture. The exhibition inaugurates the new headquarters of the Gallerie d’Italia in Naples, confirming, as part of the commitment of Intesa Sanpaolo, the great attention paid to restoration.
Open until 25 September 2022, the exhibition presents the result of the restoration of 87 groups of works for a total of 231 artifacts, selected by the bank together with 54 protection bodies (Superintendencies, Regional Directions of Museums and autonomous museums) and belonging to 80 proprietary entities, including public and diocesan museums, churches and places of worship, archaeological sites. Among the restored works, for example, the masterpiece by Giovanni Bellini, The Transfiguration, from the Capodimonte Museum (Campania).
Born in Veneto and initially dedicated to that area, the Returns program has grown, hand in hand with the growth of Intesa Sanpaolo. In the current edition, which largely coincided with the period that upset programs and habits throughout the planet, Intesa Sanpaolo wanted to give continuity to the project by renewing its commitment to a sector in distress – that of restoration – which has always seen the ‘Italy to play a role of excellence in the world. The Bank – the largest banking group in Italy with over 3,700 branches and 13.5 million customers and a point of reference for families and businesses – expresses its commitment to art and culture also through this particular project. To date, over 2,000 masterpieces, from the North to the South of Italy, have been returned to the community and more than 200 archaeological sites, churches and museums have benefited from the program. Among the heritages of art “returned to the community” the treasure of Napoleon, works by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Cima da Conegliano, Bronzino, Giulio Romano, Romanino, Manet, Umberto Boccioni, Pellizza da Volpedo. The restored treasures tell stories of rebirth, such as the paintings stolen and recovered in a wood in Tolve and a charred artefact from Herculaneum.