Between 1938 and the first months of 1939 Bianchi Barriviera goes on a study trip to Ethiopia and at first
he only intends to carry out a number
of drawings and paintings from life of characteristic landscapes to
be exhibited at the 1° Overseas Triennial Exhibition
in Naples. But while he is in Gōndar he is invited by
Amedeo di Savoia Duke of Aosta to participate as a
painter and an etcher in the archaeological exploration
of the churches of Lalibela in Lasta-Uagh, promoted by the Study Office of the Amāra government and led by
archaeologist and professor
A.A. Monti della Corte.
The purpose of this expedition was to carry out surveys
and drawings of the whole vast archaeological complex in anticipation of a later
restoration work campaign.