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Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, Volterra, Italy

Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, Volterra, Italy
2014 – 2017
Client: Diocesi di Volterra
Exhibition Designers: Guicciardini & Magni Architetti
Lighting Designer: Arch. Massimo Iarussi
Electrical Engineer: Ing. Gianmario Magnifico
Photographs by: Mario Ciampi

The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Volterra houses numerous valuable works, as well as rich collections of liturgical apparatuses such as vestments, goldsmiths, and antiphonaries. In order to give this heritage a more suitable location, the Diocese launched, in 2014, a project that involved the transfer of the Museum from the old site, on the premises of the ancient rectory, to the spaces at the Curch of St. Augustine.
The project, entrusted to the architects Guicciardini & Magni, aims at finding the optimal balance between the architecture and the collections on display: the spaces of the Church constitute a part of history that is added to that of the works.
Lighting plays a fundamental role in this: it tends to ensure the best result in the new function of the rooms, while emphasizing the continuity between the objects on display and the environment that hosts them.