Born in Rome on the 3th of January, 1918, Cupelloni was an artist who lived a long and hardworking life.
He was master restorer of the Vatican Museums from 1935 to 1980, and later on, Curator of the Works in the Holy See. Prominent were his studies at the School of Sacred Art, the School of Restoration of the Vatican and the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome.
As a master restorer, he was entrusted with some very important and delicate restorations: the frescoes in the Paolina Chapel, in the Beato Angelico Chapel, of the Raffaello Rooms and of the Sistine Chapel’s fifteenth century cycle.
At the Arch basilica of St. John Lateran he restored the Palace, the Lodge and the Library.
At the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Borghesiana Chapel.
At the Doria Pamphili Palace, he restored the Gallery of Pietro from Cortona.
For Italian and foreign collectors, he restored works by masters such as Tiziano Vecellio, Guido Reni, Lorenzo Lotto.
As a painter, different important paintings must be highlighted, such as those present in the churches of S. Pio V, S. Gregorio VII, S. Barnaba, S. Maria della Divina Provvidenza and S. Ambrogio.
Other of his paintings can be found at the General Houses of the Silent Workers of the Cross, the Discalced Carmelites, the Handmaids of Merciful Love , the Spanish Nuns of the Sacred Heart and the Benedictine Monks.
His works can also be found in many Italian cities: Assisi, Collevalenza, Todi, Spoleto, and Terni.
Besides this restoration works, his paintings, his sculptures, his mosaics, and his murals make Igino Cupelloni a full artist, right in the middle between sacred and modern art, with themes that also concern the visions of common life.
The artist died peacefully at 90 years old in Rome, on April 15th, 2008.