The project explores the possibilities in the use of solid state lighting (SSL), like LED and OLED technologies, for the illumination of works of art of different kind. The practice of lighting artworks in various contexts, from galleries to churches, from private houses to museums and exhibitions, shows a curious lack of reference models based on scientific and cultural studies, specifically in the SSL field.
For instance, which kind of LEDS should be used, and how, to illuminate a 14th century painting with or without a gold background? And a 17th century one? A classic marble sculpture? A medieval building? A modern art museum? Specific questions need, of course, specific answers that must be correlated to the typology and function of the illuminated objects, to fruition and context, to technical limits, to conservative prescriptions, to shared decisions. 

The involved fields are:
- design;
- art-history, cultural and sociological studies;
- perception;
- conservation science;
- architecture;
- light engineering.

In this optic, the light engineering of sources appears to be only one aspect of a complex interdisciplinary project about the links between art, lighting, and perception, involving humanities (history and art history, literature, pedagogy, psychology) and technical-scientific disciplines (architecture, neurosciences, physics, engineering), together with more creative ones like design.
More about the project


  • 15/05/2013 - Lighting - Press coverage

    Press coverage on LIGHT smART: "Professional Lighting Design", no. 87, Mar/Apr 2013

  • 20/03/2013 - Titian - Press coverage

    Press coverage of Titian exhibition in the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome:

  • 05/03/2013 - "Titian"

    This monographic exhibition (5 March-16 June 2013) dedicated to Titian involves an innovative SSL lighting system and a specific "lighting room"

  • 22/02/2013 - Medusa between Light and Emotion

    The exhibition is supported by CAV with Musei Capitolini (Rome) and Comune di Ancona. A multidisciplinary and multisensory approach involves a dynamic lighting of the "Bust of Medusa" from the Musei Capitolini

  • 06/02/2013 - Lighting presentation of the paliotto in the Monza Cathedral