Proposal for the virtual and material reconstruction through anastylosis of the archaeological remains of the Patio of the Renaissance Palace of the Ambassador Vich in Valencia, Spain

Mercedes Galiana Agulló, Ángeles Mas Tomás, Carlos Lerma Elvira, Salvador Conesa Tejada


Ambassador Vich’s palace in Valencia (1526-1858) was one of the first examples of renaissance architecture in Spain. After its demolition, part of the courtyard’s marbles was conserved, gathered, after a century and a half of pilgrimage in a unifying intervention in the Museum of Fine Arts of San Pío V in 2006. The recovery of the spatial, composite and material essence of the monument remains incomplete, as the cornices and frames that decorated the surrounding lower gallery are missing; archaeological remains made with grey Italian limestone, Pietra Serena, which together with the white Carrara marble, created the typical two-colour of these, such “Brunelleschian” composite games. The virtual anastylosis allows a proposal to be launched for the material recovery of the emblematic monument, favouring as such the correct reading of the same.


Anastylosis; Architectural archaeology; Recovery of lost heritage

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