The volume is dedicated to the “Story of Joseph” cycle, a series of twenty tapestries commissioned by Cosimo de’ Medici in 1545 to the Medici tapestry manufacture, which he had just founded. The specimens of this great Italian Renaissance work are now equally divided between the Museums of Florence and the Quirinale Palace in Rome. The ten tapestries on which the text focuses measure approximately 220 square meters: their restoration, which took nearly thirty years (1983-2012 ), implied a series of complex operations, from the removal of linings and stands, to the cleaning with water and surfactant, to the consolidation with needle and the preparation for the vertical suspension, thanks to the linen stands designed for the rear face, together with the lining and the suspension system. The commented illustrations (more than 300) are completed by an extensive documentary appendix and by a rich bibliography.
Edited by Clarice Innocenti in collaboration with Gianna Bacci. Texts by Cristina Acidini, Marco Ciatti, Antonio Natali, Lucia Meoni, Clarice Innocenti, Gianna Bacci, Rita Banci, Adele Olivieri.PDF format