Historical university coat of arms

The updated version of the university coat of arms

Logo-sigillo ateneo

The new version of the historical coat of arms incorporates the iconographic scheme from the reconstruction by the historian and writer Enrico Costa. It represents an updated version to enhance readability and clarity.

The coordinated image project aims to restore the seal to its original function, associated with official certification. The seal will be used solely to emphasize the official nature of specific circumstances/uses or as a particularly evocative image.

The use of this element is intended to reinforce its official and unique character, typical of a seal. In this direction, the historical seal is not just a generic symbol of the University but serves as its emblem on occasions of particular officiality, visibility, and institutional prominence.

Philological redesign of the coat of arms

The redesign of the historical coat of arms, released in its current version in July 2013 by the Animation Design Laboratory of the Department of Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning, was guided by three key criteria: the restoration of the original iconological configuration, simplification of the sign compatible with reproduction at various dimensions and more effective technical versatility, and the achievement of a graphic synthesis capable of combining renewal, a sense of belonging, and the ancient and prestigious history of the University of Sassari.

One of the challenges posed by the use of the coat of arms as a key element in conveying the identity values of our institution was directly associated with its poor readability. This situation paradoxically assigned such a central communicative role to a symbolic representation largely unknown in its real meaning to the general public.

The redesign operation was guided by the desire to restore full readability to the iconography of the coat of arms, which the layering of revisions in versions developed in the last two decades had obscured. In this way, all elements—the tower, referencing the Roman colony of Turris Libisonis; the symbol inscribed in it, a direct reference to the Jesuit college, the original nucleus of the University; the Turritan martyrs Gavino Proto and Gianuario—return to being clearly legible.