Anna Rosa began working at the family's atelier very young and, from 1976, attained artistic Diploma at the Accademia Albertina High School of Turin, she devoted herself full time to the restoration with great passion and enthusiasm. Among the restorations carried out in this period of training in collaboration with Guido, Maria Rosa and Gian Luigi Nicola remind the ten plates with a biblical subject by Giorgio Vasari in S. Croce in Boscomarengo (AL), the "Samson arrested by the Philistines" by Matthias Stomer and the four biblical paintings by Francesco Solimena of the Sabauda Gallery in Turin, The Madonna and Child by Barnaba da Modena in S. Giovanni in Alba, the frescoes by the Biasacci brothers in Sampeyre (CN), those by Fermo Stella in San Giorgio Canavese and Gaudenzio Ferrari in San Cristoforo in Vercelli.
From 1979 to 1996 Anna Rosa holds an artisan company in which she works with her husband Nicola Pisano, and some collaborators. In 1983, she achieved in Rome, at the Centre for Photographic Reproduction and Bookbinding, the Certificate of Qualification for the restoration of large format maps and other paper and parchment material of the State Archives, which allows her to receive numerous assignments from various Municipalities for the recovery of documents and cadastral maps also of large format.
Her main specialisation is the pictorial reintegration of paintings on canvas and on panel and frescoes, for which she shows excellent sensitivity.
In the same years, she carried out the restoration of important works on canvas and board commissioned by the Turin Government Department for Cultural Heritage for the Sabauda Gallery including the two large paintings "The dinner in the house of Simone" and "Moses saved from the waters", by Paolo Veronese, "The Samaritan woman at the Well" by Giuseppe Vermiglio, two paintings depicting" Abraham rejects Agar "and" King Solomon adores the idols "by Sebastiano Ricci. Among the works carried out for the Milan Government Department for Cultural Heritage, the most important is certainly the large canvas "The discovery of the body of San Marco" (420 x 420 cm) of Tintoretto, for Brera Art Gallery, for the Ligurian Government Department for Cultural Heritage a lot of seven paintings depicting "The works of mercy" by Cornelius De Wael from the Museum of the White Palace in Genoa. From 1988 to today, she works, together with her brother Gian Luigi as Technical Responsible Manager in Nicola Restauri Srl, she cares and carries out restorations both in the laboratory and in external yards; she deals with the design of the interventions, and the coordination of the various sectors of intervention, taking care of relationships with Government Departments for Cultural Heritage, Public and Private Entities.
Anna Rosa is often called to give lectures and conferences on restoration and to illustrate the work done by the laboratory. Her simplicity and clarity of exposure are much appreciated, which, thanks also to the contribution of PowerPoint presentations, exciting and intuitive, conceived and curated by herself both in content and graphically, makes the theme easy to understand even to non-technicians in the sector.
In summer 2016, she participates as a speaker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer School, MIT: Materials in Art, Archaeology and Architecture ONE-MA3.
Anna Rosa has dozens of publications on the restorations she performed, for which she also graphically curates the layout.
Since 2015 she is Founding Member of the Cultural Heritage Association Guido Nicola for Restoration.
Beyond the restoration
Volcanic and multifaceted, Anna Rosa has many artistic passions as well as that for her work: and she is an excellent cook particularly creative in the presentation of dishes.
The greatest passion, however, is to work at his crib (https://www.facebook.com/Nicola.AnnaRosa), a crib without age and without precise seasons, with poetic atmospheres that tell stories and emotions through attitudes and expressions of the characters, one different from the other, made right away using modelling paste or wax, wood, wire, scraps of fabric and other poor and recovery materials, with an incredible wealth of details, reproducing the daily life of a past time, between shops and glimpses of artisan and peasant life in a landscape inspired by the Monferrato.
The exhibition of her Christmas nativity scene attracts many visitors - about 6500 the last year - and the liberal offers collected have allowed over the years to save some works of art in serious condition that had been damaged by the earthquake of 2009 in L'Aquila.
For over 30 years she has been collecting succulent plants, mainly South Africans, she occasionally writes articles on the subject in specialised magazines (Piante Grasse - AIAS e Cactus & Co.) and has contacts and exchanges with other enthusiasts and collectors in many parts of the world.