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 […]

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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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

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 […]

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)

The world of craftsmanship

Montelupo: Opening of the Bitossi Museum Archives

100 years of Florentine ceramic excellence The Vittoriano Bitossi Foundation inaugurated the new archives exhibition space at its headquarters in Montelupo. The Archivio Museo Bitossi is the result of the musealization of the industrial archives of Bitossi – Florentine ceramic excellence that this year celebrates the centenary of its history made of artisan research, innovation […]

Events

FITTILE. Italian Craftsmanship in Contemporary Ceramics

The Quadreria space at the Triennale Milano will host from September 4 to October 31, 2021 the exhibition “FITTILE. Italian Craftsmanship in Contemporary Ceramics“, curated by Ugo La Pietra. The exhibition, after Mirabilia and Vitrea, is the third of the cycle “Mestieri d’Arte. Crafts Culture”, born from the collaboration between Triennale Milano and Fondazione Cologni […]

04/09/2021 - 31/10/2021
Milano

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Events

MUNDUS PATET site-specific installation by Guido Nosari

The environmental installation MUNDUS PATET by the artist Guido Nosari enriches the city path composed by the exhibitions of the 30th edition of Miniartextil. MUNDUS PATET concludes this important edition of the historical event in Como dedicated to Fiber Art that composes a path throughout the city and reinterprets a thirty-year history still able to […]

15/07/2021 - 12/09/2021
Como

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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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Home Decor
Fabrics

La fonte della tessitura

Some artisans inherit their craftsmanship from their ancestors and others one day feel something, a sort of vocation they cannot escape. Such is the case of Assunta Perilli, who suddenly fell in love with an old wooden loom she found in her hometown, Campotosto, known for its long-standing textile traditions, and decided to carry on […]

Campotosto (AQ)

Decorative Arts
Ceramic

Sbigoli Terrecotte

Founded in 1857 by the Sbigoli family and carried on by the Adami family, this old artisan workshop produces a vast range of ceramics following the ancient Tuscan artisan tradition of majolica, terracotta which is glazed and embellished with Renaissance and medieval decorations. The family Adami, particularly mother Antonella and daughter Lorenza, are still dedicated […]

Firenze

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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Miscellaneous and curios
Art prints

Antica Tipografia Biagini

Tipografia Biagini is an artisan printing workshop, one of the last in Europe still using movable lead types. It makes use of twentieth-century machines to print business and wedding cards, but also bookplates, according to the technique handed down by master printer Gino Biagini. Since the fifties, the print shop has been also a publishing […]

Lucca

Miscellaneous and curios
Art prints

Arte della miniatura

It all began in 1980 with Franco Chiesi, master miniaturist, who opened his workshop-laboratory in Florence. A family passion for art, so much so that his daughter Fulvia became a teacher of painting on wood and restoration, and then decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and devote herself to the ancient medieval art of […]

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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Home Decor
Lacemaking and embroidery

Antonella Pacifico & Co.

Since 1992 the company Pacifico Antonella has been a point of reference on the Italian and international market for the production of high quality crafts. Lace from Isernia, made by hand, using ancient techniques, is combined with the pure linen that is the absolute Pacifico protagonist. All the products are made using knowledge passed down […]

Isernia

The world of craftsmanship

Terre. Artigianato artistico italiano nella ceramica contemporanea

The new book by Ugo La Pietra Terre. Artigianato artistico italiano nella ceramica contemporanea is the latest research by Ugo La Pietra, an authoritative figure of artist, scholar and promoter of applied arts in Italy. The book proposes a fascinating journey through Italian artistic ceramics: a know-how spread throughout the country with types, techniques, materials, […]

Fashion and Accessories
Leather

Il Bussetto di Fanara Giuseppe & C.

An artisan workshop in Florence in which exclusive leather items are produced. All the pieces are expertly and individually crafted by Giuseppe Fanara, together with his son Mirko, following the ancient traditions of the artisanal art of processing the Florentine leather known as “Cuoietto Fiorentino.” They realize leather coin pouches, business card holders, pen holders, […]

Firenze

Decorative Arts
Leather

Pelletteria Artigiana Viviani

Pelletteria Artigiana Viviani has roots in the great Florentine artisan tradition of leather-making. Renato Viviani opened his workshop and boutique in the centre of Florence in 1965 after spending years mastering his craft, first in Guccio Gucci’s workshop in the 1920s and later in Buenos Aires in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, where he became […]

Firenze

Decorative Arts
Wood

Leandro Favre

Born into a family of sabot-makers, the Favre brothers joined their father’s business in the sixties by taking part in the Fiera dell’Orso, a very popular crafts fair held in the Val d’Aosta region. They combine their artisan skill and passion for the typical shoes of Val d’Aosta with the management of a local farm. […]

Ivrea

Events

DOPPIA FIRMA 2020. Dialogues between design thinking and high craftsmanship

On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is pleased to present the fifth edition of Doppia Firma. Dialogues between design thinking and high craftsmanship, a project of Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Living, the interiors, design and lifestyle magazine of Corriere della Sera. Doppia […]

05/09/2021 - 12/09/2021
Milano

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Fashion and Accessories
Leather

Stefano Bemer

The perfect Italian shoe: this is the ambitious goal that Stefano Bemer set himself in 1983 when he started his business in the heart of Florence. And indeed, this brand of men’s shoes, made by hand, have become synonymous with quality and excellence, and, even today, after the untimely death of Stefano, Tommaso Melani carries […]

Firenze

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