Seismic and Vibration Protection of the Statue Pieta Rondanini by Michelangelo WCEE 2017

The paper describes the innovative system that protects the statue “Pietà Rondanini” by Michelangelo Buonarroti from both earthquake and traffic-induced vibrations. The marble statue was the last incomplete job by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), housed in the Sforza Castle in Milan. This statue, as many artifacts in our museums, is facing problems related to traffic-induced vibrations in cities that are becoming more and more crowded. Italy is a well known seismic-prone country, so this adds the need to protect these artifacts from earthquakes. The relocation of the statue to a new room of the Castle, would have exposed the masterpiece to an important vibration dose produced by the underground trains running underneath. Therefore it was decided to develop a base able to protect the statue from traffic vibrations and earthquake, avoiding any
possible marble damage.

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