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The Church of S. Maria Delle Palate in Tusa (Messina, Italy): Digitization and Diagnostics for a New Model of Enjoyment

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CNR—Istituto Per I Processi Chimico-Fisici (IPCF), V.le F. Stagno D’Alcontres, 37, 98158 Messina, Italy
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Museo Regionale delle Tradizioni silvopastorali di Mistretta, Via della Libertà 184, 98073 Mistretta, Italy
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Dipartimento Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche, Chimiche e Farmaceutiche—STEBICEF and INSTM UdR—Palermo, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze pad.17, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Academic Editors: Domenico Visintini and Filiberto Chiabrando
Remote Sens. 2022, 14(6), 1490; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14061490
Received: 31 January 2022 / Revised: 10 March 2022 / Accepted: 14 March 2022 / Published: 19 March 2022
Cultural places represent the tangible part of the identity and historical heritage of a civilization as well as an extraordinary driving force for the economic development of a country. Within its huge asset, Italy counts a wide number of archaeological sites and monuments which, despite their cultural value, are totally cut off from the most important cultural routes. This paper aims to demonstrate how specific actions of digitization can contribute to valorize (restoring a cultural value) ‘marginal’ landmarks, promoting their knowledge and inclusion. The case study described is represented by the Church of “Santa Maria delle Palate”, located inside the well-known Archaeological Park of Halaesa Arconidea (Tusa, ME). The church, built in 1551 and subject to several renovations throughout the centuries, has been investigated as part of an interdisciplinary training and skill transfer project carried out by a CNR-IPCF research team. During the activities, the group of trainees approached a multi-analytic method for the study of many Sicilian places using different techniques such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, thermography and spectroscopy and collecting a large amount of information and data. In 2019, the building in question was the object of a complete architectural survey in order to obtain an accurate digital replica; moreover, the wall painting representing St. Francis, preserved in the southern nave, was investigated through non-invasive investigations (IR-imaging, XRF and Raman spectrometry) with the intention of collecting information about its state of preservation and nature of pigments used and help the restoration work, which would have been carried out in the following months. The result of the work is a combined “digital archive” useful not only for the purposes of conservation, monitoring and dissemination, but as a container of information enjoyable at different levels of depth. In addition to the scientific outcomes achieved for the study of the painting, relevant from the historical and artistic point of view, we must underline the importance of the work for the implementation of a web-based platform where expert and inexpert users can virtually access the church virtual tour and search for specialized contents (e.g., measures, analyzes results). Media such as this are finally demonstrated to be able to promote the inclusion (e.g., for people unable to reach the place or with reducing mobility) and accessibility to cultural places during ordinary (maintenance, closure) or extraordinary events (pandemic). View Full-Text
Keywords: Halaesa Arconidea; Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS); architectural survey; digital archaeology; cultural heritage; documentation; 3D reconstruction; Tusa Halaesa Arconidea; Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS); architectural survey; digital archaeology; cultural heritage; documentation; 3D reconstruction; Tusa
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Giuffrida, D.; Bonanno, S.; Parrotta, F.; Mollica Nardo, V.; Anastasio, G.; Saladino, M.L.; Armetta, F.; Ponterio, R.C. The Church of S. Maria Delle Palate in Tusa (Messina, Italy): Digitization and Diagnostics for a New Model of Enjoyment. Remote Sens. 2022, 14, 1490. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14061490

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Giuffrida D, Bonanno S, Parrotta F, Mollica Nardo V, Anastasio G, Saladino ML, Armetta F, Ponterio RC. The Church of S. Maria Delle Palate in Tusa (Messina, Italy): Digitization and Diagnostics for a New Model of Enjoyment. Remote Sensing. 2022; 14(6):1490. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14061490

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Giuffrida, Dario, Sara Bonanno, Francesco Parrotta, Viviana Mollica Nardo, Gianfranco Anastasio, Maria Luisa Saladino, Francesco Armetta, and Rosina Celeste Ponterio. 2022. "The Church of S. Maria Delle Palate in Tusa (Messina, Italy): Digitization and Diagnostics for a New Model of Enjoyment" Remote Sensing 14, no. 6: 1490. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14061490

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