Flos lights the exhibition Dentro Caravaggio
Twenty masterpieces by Caravaggio, on loan from leading Italian museums and top foreign galleries, have been assembled and are on show together for the first time, accompanied by some remarkable supporting material, including x-rays and valuable historical documents that reveal the creative process of the great Lombard artist. Lighting an exhibition of this calibre is an extremely delicate process and requires a great sense of responsibility. Barbara Balestreri Lighting Design, who was entrusted to work at this project, chose to work with FLOS to define the best lighting systems and fixtures for the purpose, ensuring maximum respect for the works of art and top performance.
The choice fell on high efficiency and reliability spotlights with a discrete, minimal design from the Flos Architectural collection, including the UT Spot, a LED projector mounted on three-phase tracks. It was agreed with the lighting designer to fit the spotlight with a special LED light source that enhances the colour reproduction of the works without changing their spectrum, making the visual result equivalent to the effect traditionally achieved using halogen lighting. Specifically, the LED unit used provides better enhancement for shades of red than can be obtained from halogen sources, avoiding the warm effect caused by emissions in the infrared spectrum.
Special custom versions of lenses, anti-glare filters and other front accessories have also been produced by Light Contract (the contract division in Flos Group), not only to provide maximum protection for these precious and easily damaged materials, but also for better optical control and light profiling, as well as to reduce any glare for visitors to a minimum. All the lighting units are fitted with dimmers so that the right amount of light can be regulated for each work, in such a way as to bring out the artist’s highly personal way of using light and shadow, while respecting the naturalism of the subjects and colours.