The series of meetings dedicated by Accademia delle Scienze to the themes of valorisation, restoration and conservation of Cultural Heritage reaches its second appointment: this will be the occasion to present the restoration work carried out on the Codex Purpureus of Rossano Calabro, a precious and particular red codex, recognized as a World Heritage Site and included by Unesco among the 47 new documents of the International Memory of the World Register.

The Codex,  kept in the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art in Rossano Calabro, is the surviving part of a Greek-Eastern Tetraevangel of great value, dated back to the sixth century A.D. It consists of 188 sheets written in silver and gold ink on purple dyed parchment. The now incomplete codex contains the text of the Gospel of Matthew and the majority of the Gospel of Mark, preceded by 13 illuminated pages with some significant moments of Jesus Christ’s life.

The Central Institute for Restoration and Conservation of Archives and Libraries proceeded to conduct a long and complex restoration, in order to analyze the codex with sophisticated techniques and to clarify its history and context of origin.

The conference will take place on Monday 22nd January in the Sala dei Mappamondi at Accademia delle Scienze, in Via Accademia delle Scienze 6, Turin. 4.00 p. m.

Download here the programme in pdf.