“Friends of Florence Videos & New Restorations,” article in Magenta Florence

As Italy emerges from the nationwide lockdown ordered by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte just over three months ago on March 9 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the quarantine measures are being slowly lifted as the nation attempts to ease aspects of normality back into daily life. One such example is the gradual reopening of cultural institutions, such as museums and libraries; in Florence, state-run institutions are already open – such as the Pitti Palace complex (May 28), the Accademia Gallery (June 2) and the Uffizi Gallery (June 3). The Uffizi was also the venue of a costly and complicated restoration paid for thanks to fund-raising by the Friends of Florence, of the entire Sala della Niobe, which revealed more than one secret (see video here).