Palazzo dei Diamanti

The project for the Palazzo dei Diamanti consists of an organic series of interventions aimed at restoring and enhancing the 16th-century complex and adapting both the interior and exterior spaces for exhibition purposes.

The project is driven by the belief that architecture, unlike painting, sculpture, or other art forms, is a living art that cannot only be contemplated for its beauty, but an art that to continue to exist must be experienced and, if necessary, reinterpreted. This has always been the case throughout the history of architecture, except for the tendency that, in recent times, has often seen the logic of pure conservation prevail over the possibility of rewriting and enriching the monuments that have been passed down to us from the past.

Even the Palazzo dei Diamanti, a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance designed by Biagio Rossetti in 1492, has had a complex history over the centuries that makes it a wonderful palimpsest, made up of reconsiderations, subsequent additions, and unfinished parts. A building that, except for the external facades, lacks a comprehensive unity, as also evidenced by its current articulated use: the main floor, which includes the grand hall and the 16th-century apartment of Virginia de’ Medici, houses the National Picture Gallery of Ferrara, while since 1991 the ground floor has been used as a venue for temporary exhibitions by the Ferrara Art Foundation. Palazzo dei Diamanti is therefore not a monument in itself, but an architecture destined to host public activities that consolidate its role and presence in the culture of our country; it is a testimony not only to the enormous heritage that has been passed down to us from the past, but also an opportunity to continue producing and conveying culture in the future.

Within this context, the interventions described below should be understood as an organic complex of actions aimed both at preserving the historic building, its spatiality, its intrinsic quality, and at adapting its spaces to the needs of a modern exhibition space.