• 28 August 2020

St James by Francesco Romanelli, better know as Raffaellino (the “little Raphael”)

Save the fresco of St James in the heart of Rome

In the heart of Trastevere, a few meters beyond the Settimiana gate along via della Lungara – the via Sancta for pilgrims on their way to the tomb of St Peter – you’ll find the Church of St James alla Lungara. With over a thousand years of history behind it, the Church has been a crossroads of religious and social events that have characterized the life of the capital since its construction. It is very likely that the choice to dedicate the church to St James was made by virtue of the discovery of the tomb of the apostle in Galicia, paired with the onset of mass pilgrimage by Christians from all over Europe to the sanctuary of Campostela.

The work depicting St. James, which currently occupies a single nave on the main altar, was commissioned from the painter Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610-1662) known as Raffaellino. Today, the fresco depicting St. James the Apostle displays the inexorable signs of time that obscure its natural and original beauty. The current state of preservation does not allow viewers to fully appreciate the quality of the image and the depth and shades of colors used by the author.


TOTAL BUDGET: (cost in US Dollars) 47,200.00



A preliminary diagnostic study on the fresco paired with a targeted restoration intervention are the main objectives of our project, which provides for the temporary “adoption” of the painting by Verderame Progetto Cultura and International Friends of Verderame (the American “sister” 501c3), providing for of all the recovery operations and conservation aimed at restoring the fresco to its original splendor as the titular protagonist of the Church and monastery.

The materials used are specifically for restoration, designed for their high quality, stability and irreversibility over time.

The duration of the work is expected to be about eight months.

The intervention will be carried out inside the church. All the phases of the project will be followed by a social media manager to inform donors as well as the public.



  1. For donors, a priceless journey with a special gala dinner could be organized in Rome to see the restoration on site. Transport and accommodation not included.
  2. For donors, will be organized an event in the magnificent spaces that the church enjoys.
  3. An important publication, dedicated to all donors, with a high visual impact will collect the results of this project.

From 5,000.00 US$ and beyond, benefit 1 to 3

From 2,500,00 US$ to 4,000.00 US$ benefit 2 and 3

From 500.00 US$ to 1,500.00 US$ benefit 3



Your tax-deductible contribution helps preserve Italy’s cultural and artistic heritage.

Thank you for submitting a gift to International Friends of Verderame.

Your donation can be made with paypal, by check or wire transfer.






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Name on IFV Account: International Friends of Verderame

BANK NAME: Citibank

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Account #: 6796557898


IMPORTANT: Banks provide minimal information on wire transfer, so for tracking purposes and to ensure that your gift is recorded properly, please advise the IFV Development Department of your incoming gift by e-mail to verderame@verderameprogettocultura.it

Please provide the following details regarding your wire transfer;

  • The date IFV should expect to receive the wire transfer;
  • The dollar amount of the gift;
  • The sending organization or individual name;

Any specific gift designation (e.g. St James canvas restoration)

A tax receipt will be mailed to you once the gift has been received.

Please send an e-mail to the Development Department at verderame@verderameprogettocultura.it