Lorenza Cappelli gains unique access to collections.
07 Nov 2013
Third year Museum and Heritage Studies student Lorenza Cappelli has just returned from a Summer internship at the internationally famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Lorenza wanted to work at the museum because she is using it as a case study for her final year dissertation. She said: “I thought it would be much easier to do my research if I was actually involved in the museum’s projects, particularly as I'm looking at issues around stored collections - those art works that are not usually on display.
“I was responsible for updating the online archive and registering every movement of the art works, especially when paintings went out on loan for exhibition at other museums. I also worked on exhibition catalogues and archives and registered new acquisitions - many artists donate their self-portraits to the museum and the Uffizi has the greatest collection of these in the world.
“Most importantly, I had the chance to work on a new permanent installation of 20th century self-portraits, which brought together 130 paintings that had previously been kept out of sight in storage.
“I certainly learned a lot about the Uffizi’s history and collections and especially enjoyed working with Dr Giovanna Giusti who specialises in 20th century art and tapestries, and who also deals with contemporary artists. Dr Giusti has about 30 years experience at the Uffizi and it was a great honour to help her at a new installation of self-portraits. I also got to meet a couple of the artists.
“Visiting the museum store was a great opportunity; to see all those paintings that are not normally displayed in the gallery and are not accessible to the public. Also, walking through the gallery on the day it was closed to the public when no one is around was very special!
“I am very grateful to my course tutor Dr Lara Perry for her help and support.”