The use of gilding in the classical statues of the Uffizi Gallery: the results of ten years of research.

Since 2010, careful colorimetric analyses have been performed on tens of the ancient sculptures owned by the Uffizi Gallery. By strictly complying with the method used and fine-tuning the tools used in the investigations, the researchers have detected the sometimes minimal, yet always irrefutable, evidence of colours which have survived the multiple levigations, acid treatments and regular cleaning interventions undergone by these marble works over their centuries of history in collections. This paper aims to summarise the findings of this nine-year research project, focusing in particular on the traces of gilding found on a surprising number of statues, including some of the most famous specimens in the Florentine collections, such as the Medici Vase or the Medici Venus

Venere de’ Medici, Firenze, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture.Venere Celeste, Firenze, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture.

Imagines è pubblicata a Firenze dalle Gallerie degli Uffizi. Direttore responsabile: Eike D. Schmidt. Redazione: Dipartimento di Comunicazione Digitale. ISSN 2533-2015
Fabrizio Paolucci
Fabrizio Paolucci, Marmora aurata. L’uso della doratura nella statuaria classica delle Gallerie degli Uffizi: i risultati di un decennio di ricerche, in “Imagines”, n. 4, maggio 2020, pp. 10-53