Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, Volterra (PI)
2017 – 2022
Client: Municipality of Volterra
Exhibition Design: Guicciardini & Magni Architects
Lighting Design: Arch. Massimo Iarussi
Restoration Project: Arch. Pierandrea Martinelli
Internal Works Project: Studio Tecnico Associato Serragoni
Structural Engineer: Ing. Antonio Gori
Electrical Engineer: P.I. Sergio Romani
The Guarnacci of Volterra, one of the oldest museums in Europe, houses a rich collection of Etruscan art, with the most conspicuous compendium in the world of cinerary urns. The museum has been the subject of a functional revision and enhancement of the set-up, which also involved the renovation of the lighting.
For the rooms that house the collection of cinerary urns, diffused lighting, with moderate accents, was privileged, to underline the repertoire setting that characterizes the museum. For many of the rooms, a linear lighting system has been adopted, suspended on a cable stretched from wall to wall, so as not to compromise the decorated vaults.
For the “Shadow of the Evening”, the wonderful filiform bronze, one of the most iconic works of the museum, a strongly contrasted lighting was adopted instead. Pottery of daily use found in the burials, have been illuminated with faint and scattered very warm lights, to evoke flames.