In 1784, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo founded the Academy of Fine Arts and the adjoining Galleria dell’Accademia, a museum for holding the artworks owned by the school, which were also used as educational tools for the students.Very popular due to the presence of Michelangelo's David, also illuminated by Targetti, the Gallery boasts the most important collection in the world of gold-ground paintings, which occupy the entire first floor of the building.
The outstanding masterpieces from the 14th century offer a clear and complete vision of the Florentine artistic production from the period between Giotto and Masaccio.These masterpieces were illuminated using the same LED technology as that used for the Chapel of Eleonora in Palazzo Vecchio and applied here with ARC recessed projectors. This technology perfectly sets off the precious gold used as a background in most of the panels, as well as the bright tones of the blues, pinks, purples....The principle: each material used to create an artwork has its own consistency, a precise chromatic frequency and a different way of interacting with light. The faithful restoration of the colours is based on the relationship between each of these factors and the spectral composition of the light.
The Targetti technology used for the gold-ground paintings of the Accademia Gallery, in combination with innovative LEDs of different colours, allow emitting a light spectrum at all wavelengths which returns the colours with absolute truthfulness. By modulating the composition and different intensities of each LED, the light emitted can be personalised according to the specific chromatic properties of each painting.Special plaster rings designed specifically for this intervention allowed taking advantage of the recessed holes already present in the halls of the first floor and concealing the technological parts of the fixtures. The lighting project is also distinguished by a sophisticated system of lighting control. All the fixtures are managed by a DMX system that allows to control each fixture separately, changing the intensity and the colour and so modulating the tone of light and its spectral composition directly on the artwork. The chromatic features are enhanced with extraordinary effectiveness.