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digitisation of the most important items
in each collection and making them
accessible over the Web;
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creation of a digital catalogue of items
collected under the three sections
(Gallery, Library and Record Library);
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creation of an integrated information
system for the three separate sections of the
Citadella and its management over the Web.
A
fter the initial proposal, it took
roughly a further four years to raise
funds.The Italian Ministero per i
Beni e per le Attivitą Culturali (Ministry for
Cultural Heritage) funded the project under
the framework of Law 513/99.The part of
the project financed by the Ministry ended
on 31 December 2003.
The Gallery of Contemporary Art
T
o help promote the collections of
the Gallery, the project aimed at
digitising a significant subset of the
masterpieces to create an archive of high-
resolution digital objects. Basing an estimate
on the funds which were made available, a
subset of 2692 items were selected, including
paintings, sculptures, ceramics and majolicas
(tin-glazed earthenware). A set of very pre-
cious ancient engravings was included in this
subset (see Chart 1). Objects were digitised
using a professional camera (Cambo) provi-
ded with the Better Light Super 8k scanning
back and stored in uncompressed TIFF for-
mat.The computer used was an Apple Power
Mac G4/733 with Adobe Photoshop v. 6.0
software. Quality testing was achieved with a
Barco reference calibrator V Monitor. Most
items were digitised directly; however, a small
set of sculptures was located outdoors, which
necessitated capturing images of them on
10x12 film.These photographs were then
scanned by a professional external service.
The Cittadella of Assisi
T
he Pro Civitate Christiana, found in
the heart of Assisi, is an association
of men and women who wished to
experience modern everyday life as part of a
religious community and live together as a
group of worshippers. Founded in 1939 by
Giovanni Rossi, a priest from Milan, the
association built a sort of modern Abbey, la
Cittadella, for people from many different
regions to come together to talk.The Abbey
offers roof gardens, meeting rooms, a theatre,
and a museum, the Christian Observatory.
The museum was designed so that its visitors
could better appreciate, surrounded by a uni-
que silence, the beauties of art and nature.
The museum's collections have a Christian
theme. It is divided into three sections, a
library, an art gallery and a record library.
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The Library holds some 70,000 books on
Christianity and every year organises
seminars where philosophers, writers,
researchers from different cultures, religions
and races are invited.The Library also
holds a set of early printed books (17 of
the sixteenth century and 31 of the seven-
teenth century).
·
The Gallery of Contemporary Art holds
some 4500 paintings, sculptures, and
ancient and modern engravings, mostly
depicting the life of Jesus and with a
particular theme of Jesus as the Divine
Worker.The majority of these holdings
were produced specifically for the Gallery
by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo
Carrą, Ottone Rosai, Mario Tozzi,
Francesco Menzio, Aligi Sassu, Agenore
Fabbri, and Fausto Pirandello.The Gallery
also holds many works by other contem-
porary artists.The collection is not exclusi-
vely contemporary and includes some
1600 engravings from the sixteenth to the
nineteenth centuries and the complete set
­ one of the few in the world ­ of Georges
Rouault's `Miserere' (58 engravings which
were produced between 1922 and 1928).
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The Record Library has over 10,000 items
in its collection including an important
collection of 78 rpm records (1618 items),
mostly of sacred music. As with the art
gallery's holdings, some items were
expressly created. Examples include
modern recordings of oratori composed by
Bertolucci, Renzi and Rota for the annual
Seminar on Christian Studies.
The TECA project
A
t the end of 1997, Ivan Grossi sub-
mitted to the management of the Pro
Civitate Christiana the draft of a
project to promote these special collections,
which are not yet well known throughout
Europe.
The proposal concentrated on ways to achie-
ve the following goals:
T
H E
TECA
P R O J E C T
: E
C U M E N I C A L
T
ESTIMONIES AT THE
C
ITTADELLA OF
A
SSISI
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ABOT
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ALLERY
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URATOR
, C
ITTADELLA OF
A
SSISI
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VAN
G
ROSSI
(P
ROJECT
M
ANAGER
, TECA)
Purificato, Domenico - Gesu divino lavoratore - olio su tela (100 x 70cm)
1956
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o Ci
vitate Chr
istiana,
2004