Gucci set to fund iconic tapestry restorations
Going al fresco
Following in the footsteps of Salvatore Ferragamo – who pledged to donate $812,388 to renovate eight rooms at the Uffizi Gallery – another famed Italian label, Gucci, is set to help fund the restoration of ten 16th-century tapestries in Florence.
The proceeds from the Gucci Museo will help create the conditions – from lighting to antipollution protection – to display the ten artistic works in the Sala dei Duecento at the famed Palazzo Vecchio (Florence's town hall).
Gucci is putting up $460,353 for the safekeeping of some of Florence's decadent masterpieces. The tapestries are set to be displayed on a quarterly rotating basis in order to preserve the quality of the restoration, which will be completed by a specialised center the city.
"There are many works of art in Florence, and many are still to be discovered, but it is fundamental in this case the connection with the manufacturing," said Micaela le Divelec Lemmi, Gucci's executive vice president and chief corporate operations officer.
"Gucci has long championed artisanal craftsmanship, which reaches such skills that border being artistic," she added.
During a presentation of one of the restored tapestries on Friday, Florence Mayor Dario Nardella expressed his gratitude on Gucci's "major contribution", noting that the Medici tapestries are now returning to their original location, where they were displayed until the 1980s.