Zumtobel illuminates sacred art

Museo Diocesano e del Codex, Rossano | Italy

In the historical episcopal palace of Rossano, the Museum of the Diocese and of the Codex takes visitors back to ancient times, as it contains the precious gospels known as the "Codex Purpureus Rossanensis", which date back to about 1,500 years ago. In 2016, the museum was refurbished to bring the exhibition spaces up to a modern, innovative standard. For this purpose, Zumtobel developed a precise lighting solution that is one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced in the museum field.

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Zumtobel illuminates the precious gospels known as the "Codex Purpureus Rossanensis". © Clorinda Scura

The museum was founded in 1949 in order to preserve and exhibit the ancient gospels. In 2015, the gospels were recognized by UNESCO as part of the heritage of humanity. The "Codex Purpureus Rossanensis" has been described as the oldest illustrated book in the world and is extremely precious and unique, thanks to its beautiful illuminations concerning the life of Christ – a masterpiece of Byzantine art.

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Zumtobel illuminated the museum with LED spotlights. © Clorinda Scura

In order to guarantee the preservation of the precious and fragile works, there are special requirements from the point of view of the lighting system. With this in mind, Zumtobel developed a sophisticated and technologically advanced lighting solution for the museum. The lighting solution with LED spotlights not only allows pinpoint accent lighting and three-dimensional modelling,  but also protects the exhibits from damage. Besides that, the entire lighting is controlled by an intelligent lighting management system.

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Zumtobel developed a precise lighting solution. © Clorinda Scura
Zumtobel art and culture light
The lighting solution allows pinpoint accent lighting. © Clorinda Scura

Thanks to the customised lighting solution from Zumtobel, the "Codex Purpureus Rossanensis" can now fascinate and thrill the visitors of the museum even more.