The technical lighting project developed by Linea Light Group in collaboration with the University of Florence to bring new light to the Cappella dei Magi at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, seat of the provincial government and prefecture of the Tuscan capital

The cycle of frescos of the Cappella dei Magi at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, by Benozzo Gozzoli, was made in 1459-60. A Renaissance legacy depicting the Medici dynasty in power and its court of Neo-Platonic philosophers. The work makes reference to various historical events, including the Council of Florence in 1439, and the arrival in Florence of Pope Pius II (Piccolomini) to promote a new crusade. The altarpiece, placed in the scarsella, contains a copy of the original Adoration of the Christ Child by Filippo Lippi, accompanied by adoring angels facing towards the altar on the walls of the apse.

A work within a work, in which Linea Light Group provides all its expertise also in the phase of preliminary study of the various chromatic interpretations, focusing on the possible presence of distortion and metamerism, as well as optical alterations, in a precisely honed lighting scheme.

The objective of the project is to improve the viewing and enjoyment of the Cappella dei Magi, making the lighting uniform and bringing out surprising details that had never been noticed before. In this perspective, it is possible to describe the work as a 360° technical lighting project, extending the range of action of the Treviso-based company to chemistry, biology and archeometry for the definition of correct lighting and conservation.

To underscore the particular features of the frescos of Benozzo, Linea Light Group has developed a true multi-projector system with individually controlled lights, adapting to the particular form of the space. The LED Optus spotlight, usually utilized as a static element, has become dynamic thanks to a process of customization, and inside the room it ‘lives’ in quadruple form, as a multi-projector, inside seven different frames positioned across the entire surface.

The system also permits on-off functioning of the diodes thanks to bluetooth connection directly with all the Optus units on the perimeter, to reveal every precious detail of the art. The product thus becomes an educational tool at the service of museum guides, thanks to dimming which permits remarkable enhancement of the viewing of the works.