Cryptoportico Horti Sallustiani - Rome

The cryptoporticus with its fresco decoration dating back to the I-II century A.D., was discovered under the Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi in Rome in the area of the ancient Horti Sallustiani, where the U.S. Embassy now stands. The cryptoporticus was fortuitously discovered in 1949 and since that date underwent numerous structural interventions which required the complete closure of the area, and resulted in the restoration of frescoes by the application of protein based materials. The cryptoporticus, as an hypogaeum, was subject to extremely high humidity levels and extensive infiltrations coming from the upper floors, which resulted in devastating effects on the surface of frescoes, such as the formation of a thick carbonation layer and biological attacks of various nature and typology. After environmental rehabilitation works, the restoration and follow-up monitoring and maintenance was carried out over the years in A. T. I. with A. Luzi (see section “Maintenance”)
(Photo by P. Soriani)
Cryptoportico Horti Sallustiani - Rome

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