The Art of Scagliola - Florence, "Ente Cassa di Risparmio"
Alchemy of colours, an exhibition dedicated to the particular scagliola technique, all to be admired this autumn.
What is scagliola? It is made from a mineral called selenite, which, thanks to the inlay of expert hands, glue and coloured pigments, gives life to incredible artifacts. Scagliola has been known since ancient times as it was used to embellish architectural elements in sacred art and has become part of Florentine handicrafts thanks to an artist-craftsman called Bianco Bianchi.
Therefore, thanks to the production of items of furniture made with the scagliola technique, thanks to the restoration and especially thanks to the collection of prestigious antiques, the testimony to this kind of art is complete.
With this exhibition, the Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence and the Association called Observatory on Artistic Trades pay homage to him and its incredible collection – today considered to be the most complete existing exhibition (approximately 130 pieces, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century).
Besides around thirty exemplars dating back to ancient times, visitors have the opportunity to admire the contemporary artifacts created by Bianco’s children and faithful heirs of their father’s secrets and teaching, who successfully continue to practice the art of scagliola with passion and full support for the genuine handicraft tradition.
Moreover, in order to make the new generations understand the technique that makes this art possible, the exhibition includes a small educational section; a place where visitors, particularly students and schoolchildren, will have the opportunity to see the materials used and the various stages necessary for the creation of artifacts using the scagliola technique.
Alchemy of colours. The art of Scagliola. The Bianco Bianchi collection of ancient scagliolas from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries
Exhibition Hall Ente Cassa di Risparmio, Via Bufalini, 6 Firenze
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday 9am-7pm
On Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm – 3pm-7pm
Dates of this event 18/10/2012 - 06/01/2013