Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Fallen Uffizi fresco piece 'small, easily fixable'

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Florence, February 6 - A piece of a 16th-century
fresco that fell from the ceiling of a corridor in Florence's
Uffizi Gallery on Wednesday happened when a worker stepped
through the floor from the storey above.
The piece, which has a diameter of around 30cm, did not hit
any visitors as it fell.
The section of fresco was ornamental, and was not executed
by any of the number of textbook Renaissance artists that fill
the historic museum's halls, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo and
Donatello.
Restores are already at work.
'The portion of frescoed plaster fell off during routine
maintenance on the ceiling inside the First Hall of the
gallery,' said the office of the Florence museums superintendent
in a statement.
A worker performing maintenance on the storey above is said
to have set his foot on the floor's wattle-and-daub insulation
that separates the two rooms, thus causing the breakage.
'Fortunately the break was small and off-center,' said the
statement.
The portion of the broken fresco depicts an allegorical
female figurine.
'We are trying not to spark any excessive alarmism,' said
Uffizi Director Antonio Natali.
'This is light damage that will be repaired quickly.
'Restorer Laura Lucioli will put it back together in its
original form, as if it were a puzzle, and the problem will be
completely solved.
Natali said everything should be fixed in roughly 10 days.

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