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Padua, nursery of arts. Eight hundred years of art and architecture at the University of Padua

From the very beginning of university teaching in Padua, the places of knowledge have closely interwoven with those of city life. This original symbiosis between University and urban cultural heritage has intensified over the centuries and given shape to a true university city landscape where the academic and research institutions are rooted in the architectural and artistic memories of the city. Over time, the University has often commissioned buildings and works of art, but also purchased ancient palazzi with important painting cycles and artistic collections of great value, making these symbols of memory both setting and legacy of its activity. Thus, since 1222, the presence of the University has been recognised as an active factor in the functioning of the city and as a major player in the enhancement of its historical memories. The volume aspires to illustrate, through a diachronic tour, the articulated university building heritage and the historical-artistic collections they house. An elaboration through updated virtual reality systems is also envisaged.

Project managers: DBC – Department of Cultural Heritage / Jacopo Bonetto