At Pitti Uomo 92, the collaboration continues between Pitti Immagine and Opificio delle Pietre Dure (the Workshop of Semiprecious Stones): it's a partnership between two Tuscan centres of excellence who are working with similar themes of beauty and art. The project was already underway at previous editions of the show and involves the two institutions in promoting their activities and missions, oriented - each in its own particular way - towards promoting the cultural heritage of the city and the territory.
The ancient name, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, conceals an extremely modern activity in the field of the conservation and restoration of artistic heritage: it’s a genuine “restoration workshop”, one of the most ancient and prestigious institutions in Europe and now a central institution of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and undisputed reference point for scientific research applied to conservation and restoration.
From 24 May to 24 September 2017, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum will be home to a remarkable and little known work, restored to public view after a delicate restoration operation: it is the Medici reliquary made of lampwork glass and normally kept at the Treasury of the Grand Dukes in Palazzo Pitti. It's a rare and fascinating piece, made from a wide range of materials and with a rare refinement.
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure also plays an active role in an International Training Project (ITP), coordinated by the General Department for Education and Research of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT), with the aim of promoting excellence in MiBACT institutions through providing training courses aimed at students and professionals from other countries. The programmes offered by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure involve in-depth study of topics related to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, with teaching by the Institute's own staff as well as by highly qualified external experts. The project, managed by the School of Higher Education and Study, enables students and restorers from all over the world to take part in work experience programmes at the OPD restoration workshop, supporting the development of skills and professional experience that match the stated requirements of the workplace and are in line with international standards.