Schmidt, state museums return paintings to churches – Ultima Ora


(ANSA) – FLORENCE, MAY 28 – “I think the time has come:
state museums perform an act of courage and return
paintings to the churches for which they were originally created.

Perhaps the most important case of a masterpiece stolen from his
the original context is located right in the Uffizi: the Altarpiece
Rucellai di Duccio di Buoninsegna, which was taken away in 1948
from the basilica of Santa Maria Novella “, said the director
of the Uffizi Galleries Eike Schmidt, on the sidelines of the
reopening of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. According to Schmidt “the way
more concrete to restore the principle of the ‘diffuse museum’,
according to the happy expression of Antonio Paolucci, is that museums
government workers begin to bring back to the sacred places the paintings that for
they were created. “In their original location they would find the
right architectural-spatial context and the relationship with the
other works of art, with a ‘virtuous enhancement’ from the point
historical and artistic.

The director of the Uffizi Galleries also spoke of
tourist guides and museum educators for whom, according to
Schmidt, it is necessary “to establish an order as soon as possible
professional “:” Only in this way can we guarantee good health
of the tourism sector “. (ANSA).


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