iGuzzini has been chosen to renew the lighting of one of the most famous artworks in the world: Michelangelo’s Pietà, housed in the Chapel of the Crucifix in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome.
The new lighting system has been designed by the Milan-based studio Rossi Bianchi lighting design; innovative smart solutions based on recent technological developments in LED lighting will ensure that visitors’ experience of this Renaissance masterpiece is significantly improved.
“All the know-how we have gained since the 1990s when we lit the Bernini and Canova sculptures in the Galleria Borghese has been put at the service of the Fabric of Saint Peter in order to use light to enhance Michelangelo’s Pietà, one of the most evocative works in the history of art,” said Adolfo Guzzini, President of iGuzzini. “Today, at St Peter’s too, sculptural art lives again thanks to our skill in balancing light in order to emphasise the plasticity of the sculpture.”
The new lighting system s particularly important because the Virgin Mary’s youthful face is a highly contemporary message from the artist showing how avoiding sin is the only way to be truly beautiful.
In addition to replacing the previous luminaires with latest-generation LED spots, the new lighting project also features four different lighting scenes for different visual activities and requirements. They are created using compact solutions that take up minimal visual space and feature warm white tones (3000K) and high colour rendering levels to enhance the contours of the artwork and the shine of its marble.
The overall aim is to create a consistent view of the entire work so that all visitors can see and appreciate every detail of this unique masterpiece.
Thanks to the DALI control system, the light fittings are divided into groups that can be switched on separately and adjusted in terms of light intensity to allow the system to create different light scenes: