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Targetti lights on David by Michelangelo - photo 2016

Targetti lights on David by Michelangelo - Photo 2016

Targetti’s experience in architectural lighting and in particular in museum lighting used to bring the Salone dei Cinquecento (Salon of the 500) in the Palazzo Vechio (Old Palace) back to life.

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Targetti Clamp Light

 

Materials: Chromed metal, plastic, Bakelite socket.

Lamp Holder: 13  x 5 cm / 5.11 x 1.96” 

Clamp: 12 x 7 cm  / 4.72 x 2.75”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. For this setup a PAR38 spot light bulb was used.

Period: 1970s – 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Targetti Sankey S.p.A., Via Pratese, 164, 50145 Firenze – Italy.

Other versions: Made in some slight variations over the years. Among other things, the logo of Targetti  has changed over the years. The logo used on this lamp dates from 1975 and was used until the 1980s.

Targetti Sankey S.p.A.

Targetti Sankey S.p.A. was founded in 1928 by Sankey Targetti as a family business. His son Paolo was the second president of the company. Today his grandson Lorenzo succeeded Paolo in the chairmanship of the group, and Stella, his granddaughter, is the vice president of the Tuscany RegionThe company has been designing and producing indoor and outdoor architectural light fixtures ever since.

The company specializes in lighting for large exhibition spaces. For example the lights used in the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze (Gallery of the Academy of Florence) to illuminate the world famous statue of David, made by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564), were a gift by Targetti for the museum. Also the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti) in Firenze is illuminated by Targetti.

Paolo Targetti

Paolo Targetti (1937 -2010) worked for the company since 1960 and has been working on the management’s commitments with an enthusiastic activity in the field of design of lighting and communication equipment. He was president of the Targetti Sankey S.p.A. company since 1985For some years Targetti was president of the L’Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Florence.

Targetti was appointed President of the Industrial Association of Florence (L’Associazione industriali di Firenze) in 1987, member of the “giunta nazionale di Confindustria”, the Confederation National Council, since 1991, runner of work since 1992, president of the scuola di Scienze Aziendali, the School of Business Science in Florence from 2003 to 2010.

From 2004 to 2007 he was chairman of the National Association of Lighting Manufacturers, the L’Associazione nazionale dei produttori di illuminazioneSince 2008 he was president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.

Villa La Sfacciata

In 1998 Paolo Targetti and Targetti Sankey bought the Villa La Sfacciata in Firenze, Italy.  It houses the Fondazione La Sfacciata Lighting Academy, the home of the Targetti Light Art collection, headed by Amnon Barzel.

The Foundation is dedicated to promoting lighting research, the diffusion of light culture and commissioning works of art to contemporary artists made with the use of artificial lights. The Villa La Sfacciata is located in via Volterrana 82, on the hill of Giogoli, near the Certosa di Firenze.

 

Links (external links open in a new window)

The Targetti Sankey S.p.A. company website

Villa La Sfacciata on Wikipedia

Gallery of the Academy of Florence on Wikipedia

Florence/Firenze on Wikipedia

Targetti lights in the Academy of Fine Arts

David by Michelangelo on Wikipedia

The Palazzo Vecchio on Wikipedia

Targetti lights on Vintageinfo

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