Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Uffizi smartphone app puts collection in context


Florence, November 1 - Visitors to Florence's
hugely popular Uffizi Gallery will soon be able to access
information about the origins of the artworks contained in the
collection on their mobile phones thanks to a project aiming to
better contextualise the local cultural heritage.
'Le Vie degli Uffizi' ('The Roads of the Uffizi') is an
initiative of local culture authorities, in conjunction with the
cultural and environmental foundation Florens and digital
technology provider Parallelo Sas.
They have come up with a downloadable application providing
information about the source of a given artwork, allowing the
user to see it on a map and access other pertinent details such
as artist and date.
The same information will also be available on the websites
of the Florence museums network and of the Florens Foundation.
The aim is to contextualise the Uffizi collection, which
was assembled by the powerful Medici family starting from the
16th century, and whose contents were largely originally
destined for religious and civilian buildings in Florence and
other parts of Tuscany.
"The final aim is to broaden knowledge not just of the
gallery's historic and artistic treasures but also of
lesser-known parts of the city and of the Tuscan territory,
giving value to all aspects, including traditions relating to
food, agriculture and craftsmanship," say the organisers, adding
that the project "is unprecedented in the value it puts on
cultural and environmental heritage".

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