Catalogue of the exhibition set up at the Museum of San Marco, Florence, from April 24 to June 5, 2004.
"We should set up more exhibitions like this one, that could be defined as ‘specialty microsurgery’. It is in these situations that the genuine vocation of our profession can emerge more clearly. There are many ways to define preservation. As for me, ’preservation’ as intellectual project and scientific method, means first of all to identify the divided whole with the aim of rearrange it in units; cognitive units at least, when the objective real ones are no longer available.
In the beginning there was a ’whole’: Bartolomeo di Giovanni’s predella, including different episodes from the life of Saint Benedict. In distant times the history events and the market trends have divided the predella’s four panels between a foreign private collection and the Uffizi Gallery. In spring 2004 the four panels were put together again in the exhibition set up at the Museum of San Marco". (From the Introduction by Antonio Paolucci).