The world of craftsmanship

Discover Italian craftsmanship and all its most fascinating workings

Place you visit, tradition you find. This is the great richness of Italy, that in a handful of kilometers changes voice, taste, sound, colors and style, showing the thousand faces of beauty. This is also true, and perhaps even more so, for the artisan traditions that dot our country from north to south, depending on […]

The world of craftsmanship

Craftsmanship in Italy region by region

Every region in Italy has its own traditions and typicality. We go through them from north to south to discover the historical trades that most characterize them (click on the name of the region to know all our craftsmen in that area). AOSTA VALLEY Typical of this mountain region, propped up by large expanses of […]

Jewelry, Watches, Costume Jewelry
Jewelry and Watches

FOGLIA FIRENZE 1935

The workshop began in Florence in 1935 by Carlo Foglia, come from Bergamo and was carried on by his son and now his grandson. The ornaments and jewellery are made with the technique and the art of engraving and embossing, a branch of silverware that has no industrialised phase. Everything starts from a hammered piece […]

Firenze

The world of craftsmanship

The restoration of Michelangelo’s Pietà of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo of Florence

The magnificent work returned to its maximum splendor The restoration of Michelangelo’s Pietà (Bandini), which began in 2019 and ended in September 2021, has restored the intensity of the work, the third after the Vatican and the Rondanini, which depicts the mourning of Christ. The lifeless body is supported by Mary and Magdalene who express […]

The world of craftsmanship

“Mestieri d’Arte” Rose

The poetic representation of the world of Italian high craftsmanship Created for the 25 years of activity of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte thanks to the expertise of Rose Barni, one of the most important hybridizers in the world, and in particular to the care of Beatrice Barni (appointed in 2018 MAM-Maestro d’Arte e […]

Events

The Vittoriale celebrates the first centenary of its construction and the link between Dante and d’Annunzio

A century has passed since the rustic villa on the right bank of Lake Garda was transformed into the Vittoriale by Gabriele d’Annunzio in 1921. Among the various celebrations scheduled, the Dante and Gabriele d’Annunzio exhibition presents objects and works illustrating the bond between the two poets. Among the many testimonies are the three large […]

18/09/2021 - 31/12/2021
Roma

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The world of craftsmanship

The Nasci-Franzoia collection of 20th century glass donated to the Carlo Rizzarda Gallery of Feltre

Murano art, history and contemporary names The Carlo Rizzarda Gallery in Feltre received as a gift, in 2018, the collection of glass of the Venetian twentieth century, and not only, collected with passion and attention by Carla Nasci and Ferruccio Franzoia, presented last July and now accompanied by a detailed catalog. In the three rooms […]

The world of craftsmanship

The ivories of the Museo Nazionale del Bargello

An incredible collection of works from antiquity to the nineteenth century The Museum has a large collection of ivory works from antiquity to the nineteenth century, made by Italian, European and Oriental craftsmen. The ivories belonged to the Florentine grand-ducal collections or come from nineteenth-century purchases, but most of them were donated by the antique […]

The world of craftsmanship

The first book in the Sonus series is released

In this volume, works on musical subjects from the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the Cathedral The first volume of the Sonus series has been published. It reproduces pictorial and sculptural images depicting ancient musical instruments. The first volume of this unique iconographic itinerary is dedicated to the works housed in Santa Maria del Fiore, […]

The world of craftsmanship

Venetian Way

The photography exhibition by Susanna Pozzoli in a special book In anticipation of the second edition of the international exhibition “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future”, the Michelangelo Foundation has decided to publish in a precious book the magnificent photographic work that Susanna Pozzoli had created for the Venetian Way exhibition, during the first […]

Events

Dante and Giotto. Dialogue and suggestion

The seven hundredth anniversary of Dante’s death commemorates the poet’s presence in Sarzana in 1306. The exhibition Dante and Giotto. Dialogue and suggestion, at the Lia Museum until 19 December 2021, displays precious works on a gold background from Dante’s time that are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, together with others on temporary loan. […]

02/10/2021 - 19/12/2021
La Spezia

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Decorative Arts
Glass and crystal

Seguso Vetri d’Arte – Murano dal 1397

In business in Murano since 1397, the Seguso family creates true works of art in glass. Craftsmanship and passion have been handed down through 23 generations, giving shape to precious creations that for six centuries have been adorning royal houses, mansions, the Vatican, prestigious hotels and theatres. Today Seguso Vetri d’Arte continues to be a […]

Murano (VE)

Events

Homo Faber 2021, the new dates

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is pleased to inform that the event “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future”, planned in Venice to promote and celebrate the finest international artistic craftsmanship, has been confirmed and rescheduled: the new dates 10 April – 1 May 2022. The decision to reschedule the event was made […]

10/04/2022 - 01/05/2022
Venezia

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Music and Theatre
Musical Instruments

Jacaranda

Many musicians, both Italian and foreign, know very well where the Jacaranda luthier’s shop is and that is where they go to have their instruments custom-made. Daniele Fierro and Davide Fossati make top-quality electric string instruments, from basses to guitars. The three master luthiers-entrepreneurs have all the tools of the trade to carry out each […]

Milano

Decorative Arts
Leather

Furò e Punteruolo

Needles, awls, hammers, pliers and hole punches. It only takes a glance to see that this laboratory is run by experts who really know all the secrets of leathercraft. All their creations – belts, wallets, bucket bags, laptop cases – are cut by Paolo Fattori and sewn by his wife Luisa, using exclusively leathers tanned […]

Firenze

Fashion and Accessories
Perfumes

Mondial 1908

Five generations of master Florentine artisans specializing in the traditional Italian ritual of shaving. Today, Mondial 1908 is a brand unique of its kind, a mix of exclusive design and custom-made products: luxury shaving sets, the finest shaving brushes, cosmetics and male grooming experience products, as well as special shaving creams made according to age-old […]

Firenze

Music and Theatre
Musical Instruments

Giustozzi Accordions

Giampiero Giustozzi’s firm works in Castelfidardo, the home of his accordion and diatonic instrument production. For four generations, he has been making these instruments, passing on the artisan traditions and the passion for this trade from father to son. The use of precious materials, skilled craftsmanship and the unmistakable sounds, guarantee the excellence of the […]

Castelfidardo (AN)

Events

Fede Galizia, admirable painter

The exhibition, Fede Galizia, admirable painter at the Castello del Buonconsiglio presents about 80 works by the Trentino painter who worked mainly in Lombardy, which stand out for their elegance and attention to detail, charged with cryptic symbolism, derived from the familiarity acquired with her father who made costumes and accessories. The painting Judith with […]

03/07/2021 - 24/10/2021
Trento

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Fashion and Accessories
Fashion

Loretta Caponi

Loretta Caponi opened her boutique-workshop in Florence in 1967, but the passion for embroidery had accompanied her since she was 9 years old. Since then, Caponi creations have been appreciated by thousands of families, some famous, from the Rockefellers to the Kennedys, many simply lovers of excellence. Today in the boutique there are over ten […]

Firenze

The world of craftsmanship

Una Scuola, un Lavoro 2021/2022

Pathways to Excellence. At the start the “mini-master” for future trainees The successful “Mini Master” of Fondazione Cologni, with the collaboration of prestigious universities and art schools in Milan, has been renewed for the fifth consecutive year. In November the online lessons will start for the students who won the call for proposals of “Una […]

Fashion and Accessories
Fashion

Sartoria A. Caraceni

Heir to a tradition handed down from generation to generation since the mid-nineteenth century, Carlo Andreacchio, with his wife Rita Maria Caraceni, continues to create splendid men’s suits in the historic Sartoria A. Caraceni. Completely sewn by hand, they are cut with a technique that gives them a perfect fit. Sportswear, double-breasted blazers, dress coats, […]

Milano

Events

GRAND TOUR alla scoperta della Ceramica classica Italiana

Grand Tour, curated by Jean Blanchaert, Viola Emaldi and Anty Pansera, is conceived as a real journey through space and time and is addressed to a wide and heterogeneous public, offering a collection of ceramics inspired by traditional taste, selected from the rich collection of AiCC. The works on display are re-editions of historical pieces […]

15/09/2021 - 26/09/2021
Cerreto Sannita (BN)

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Decorative Arts
Stone

Todini sculture

The Todini sculpture firm is the result of the passion of two brothers for art and sculpture. Operating initially in the field of interior and exterior design and architecture, they then turned to sculpture in all fields, replicas of classical sculptures and original contemporary sculptures. Working in marble, stone, ceramic and resin, they produce unique […]

Tarquinia (VT)

Home Decor
Furniture

B&C Borgheresi & Chiti

Once upon a time there was the then seventeen year-old Lorenzo Borgheresi, who from 1953 used brass, copper and coloured glass to produce the star lantern, the historic and most representative symbol of his work. After this other models were created, including the Veneziane and the Lampioni Fiorentini, or Florentine streetlamps, all in antique style […]

Firenze

Events

Opera: il palcoscenico della società

The exhibition Opera: il palcoscenico della società (Opera: the stage of society), as part of Parma Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2021, opens to the public on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Palazzo del Governatore and will be open until Thursday, January 13, 2022. A journey to penetrate and understand the relationship between opera and society […]

18/09/2021 - 13/01/2022
Parma

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Folk Traditions
Folk Traditions

Teatro Agricolo

Since 1993, the Teatro Agricolo cultural association has dedicated itself to the creation of leather masks used for the theater, but also for television and cinema. Everything starts with a wooden form. Every detail, from the excellent leather, to the brass clasps, up to the choice of copper for framing the inside, ensures that the […]

Livorno

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