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Paolo Dotti


Works on Paper Restorer

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Paolo Dotti


Works on Paper Restorer

The written word may be man’s greatest invention. It allows us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn.
— Abraham Lincoln
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Biography


A Fate Bound by Chance 

Biography


A Fate Bound by Chance 

Paolo Dotti found his calling as a book doctor and paper restorer almost by accident. Many artisans cite their families as the source of inspiration or study for their professions, because most of them were born into an artisan trade. Not Paolo. When his father sent him to a bookbinder's studio one summer as a lesson in work ethic and discipline, the thought that it might be a defining moment in his son's life, leading to the discovery of a lifelong passion, probably never crossed his mind.

Today, Paolo Dotti is a premier restorer of works on paper with a diploma from the Central Institute for the Restoration and Conservation of Archival and Library Heritage (ICRPAL) to add to his experience an apprentice to several of Rome's historic workshops years ago. In Italy, the Central Institute for Book Pathology, the Center for Photo-reproduction, Bookbinding and Restoration of the National Archives, and the Chamber of Deputies of the President of the Republic (Palazzo del Quirinale) have all bestowed on him recognition of his expertise. 

He treats the most delicate of materials - pages thin and brittle as dry leaves, books stained with spores, bindings frayed - with his gentle hands. Using quality materials like Japanese vellum and traditional artisan glues, he reinforces and restores health to humanity's most intimate and influential creations, those which hold the written word. Breathing new life into these rare books, manuscripts, and even family Bibles gives him tremendous satisfaction.