It was presented this morning in Boboli Gardens the white marble statue depicting "Game of the Owl”By Giovanni Battista Capezzuoli restored thanks to the contribution of Friends of Florence.
The intervention was carried out under the direction of Alessandra Griffo by the restorer Miriam Ricci and was made possible thanks to the gift of children of the Florence Chapter of the Foundation.
"Inaugurating this restoration is a source of great pride for us, because this is the first project supported by the small Friends of Florence - underlines the President Simonetta Brandolini d'Adda - It represents the future not only of our Foundation, but also the opportunity to continue in our mission, namely to preserve the important artistic heritage of Florence and Tuscany for future generations ".
"The interventions on the garden sculptures are very important - adds the director of the Uffizi Galleries Eike Schmidt - because together with the wonderful arboreal and floral heritage of Boboli they constitute the soul of this unique Medici park ”.
The work Commissioned around 1775 from Grand Duke Peter Leopold, was to replace a stone original which at the time was in a poor state of conservation. The work is located between the "Prato delle Colonne" and the Porta Romana entrance inside the Boboli Gardens in front of the Caramogi group of Tomolo Ferrucci del Tadda. Originally the statue included three figures, but today there are only two sculptures in white marble.
The restoration intervention When the restoration was decided, the work presented on its surfaces algae, mosses and lichens, black spots of biological origin, phenomena of disintegration of the crystalline structure and erosions of some overhanging areas, due to the particular exposure to atmospheric agents inside the garden (heavy rain, humidity, heat and frost). After a careful verification of the surface resistance and structural solidity, the restoration intervention, conducted by Miriam Ricci, was carried out by removing the dry powders with mechanical aspiration and using soft brushes. It was then proceeded to a cleaning with demineralized water useful for removing the biological patinas present on the surface. Once this phase was performed, cycles of benzalkonium chloride applications were carried out with subsequent rinsing and brushing for the total removal of moss and lichen algae and a treatment was then carried out to prevent further and future formation of these layers. The old additions to the stucco of the pins have also been removed and have been replaced by new fillings more suitable to the original surface.