The light of Michelangelo

Moses has come back to light. His light. Because - let it be understood - the artistic splendor of the extraordinary world-remowned masterpiece has never dimmed.
But a skillful and spectacular renovation, just completed, has restored the sculpture’s fascinating original lighting: the light Michelangelo conceived and desired.
The exceptional result was achieved with the contribution of the Lotto Game, which has always been engaged in enhancing and protecting art.

The Tomb of Julius II, which includes the Moses, is resplendent again following complex maintenance and restoration by the Superintendence for the Colosseum and the archaeological and central area of Rome. The pride of the Capitoline church of San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains), the monument had previously been restored by the Superintendence between 2000 and 2003, with support from the Lotto Game: it was a refined operation of study and work on the marbles, which led to numerous discoveries about the history of this wonderful monument.

Every year, millions of people visit the Moses free of charge. And so, after fifteen years, it required new cleaning and some restoration: the millions of visitors are evidence of immeasurable global admiration, but day after day they bring dust, moisture and other contaminants.

During the cleaning by Antonio Forcellino, a surprising project emerged. It was a brilliant idea: to restore the work’s original light, as planned and realized by Michelangelo. Unfortunately, with time, many changes had occurred in the architectural setting of the Tomb of Julius II. The identity of the Moses in its relationship with the location’s natural light had been lost.

The intervention of Mario Nanni, of Viabizuno, allowed for this giant step forward. The Lotto Game, in recent years always attentive and close to the Moses, immediately encouraged and supported it.
Using the most innovative digital techniques, lighting sources were designed and engineered to reconstruct and reproduce the era’s natural light: its path during the day produced a changing effect on the marble surfaces.

Lit in this way, Michelangelo's masterpiece shows visitors many details that had been lost: elements of great historical and artistic importance, undoubtedly very exciting visually.
By contributing to the new lighting and restoration, the Lotto Game continues its care and responsibility for the monument, begun in 2000, a prestigious symbol of the company's ongoing commitment to support the protection and enhancement of the country’s artistic and cultural heritage.

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