The Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura, an independent body set up and administered by the Compagnia di San Paolo, is a cultural foundation specialising in support for research in the humanities, especially for young scholars who wish to further their professional preparation for careers in the cultural sector.
One of the main responsibilities of the Foundation is the conservation and promotion of the Historical Archives of the Compagnia di San Paolo, which preserves material relating to its 450-year-old history. A complete inventory of the contents of the archive, the digital publication on the website of archival documents, as part of the Foundation’s Digital Archives and Collections, and the promotion of a wider awareness of the collections are the main activities of the archive.
ABOUT THE FONDAZIONE 1563
A key element of the Foundation’s strategy is the promotion of multi-disciplinary study and research in the humanities, including research into the archives of the Compagnia, by means of publication. Since 2012 the Foundation has organised a Study Programme on the Age and the Culture of Baroque, with the annual award of advanced research grants and a specially designed programme of cultural initiatives around the theme of ‘Ancient and Modern: Paris, Rome, Turin 1680-1750’.
The activities of the Foundation in relation to research and publication is a complementary and fundamental part of the wide-ranging and long-standing work of the Compagnia dedicated to the restoration and promotion of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century artistic and architectural heritage of Turin and Piedmont.