Routine ceiling checks underway in the Salone dei Cinquecento

Routine ceiling checks underway in the Salone dei Cinquecento

Restorers are working at 20 metres high to check the wellbeing of the ceiling in the Palazzo Vecchio.

Wed 26 Jul 2023 4:32 PM

Restorers are getting up close and personal with the ceiling frescoes in the Salone dei Cinquecento as routine checks begin on the architecture.

The work will check the state of the 42 wooden panels painted by Giorgio Vasari between 1563 and 1565, the stone and stucco decorative elements as well as the wooden and stucco surfaces in the Hall of the Five Hundred at the Palazzo Vecchio. Any inconsistent deposits will be removed once the monitoring has been conducted, in addition to securing fragments that have become detached from the metal ties.

“Forty years have passed since this type of check was carried out,” explains Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella. “It enables us to observe the beauty of the coffered ceiling designed by Vasari and decorated with scenes glorifying Cosimo I, alongside art by Giovanni Stradano, Santi di Tito and Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio. This public-private partnership…allows us to continue to take care of our most valuable cultural heritage, returning it to bygone glory.”

Expected to take six months, the campaign is being funded by machining manufacturer Pramac as part of the Florence I Care tax break scheme.

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