The Poldi Pezzoli Ateliers

The Poldi Pezzoli Ateliers, artisan workshops for adults realized by the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte in collaboration with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan, are proposing three appointments, between November and January, during which master craftsmen will put their knowledge at the disposal of the participants, who will learn to make a small artefact. The meetings will focus on the multifaceted and brilliant figure of Leonardo as craftsman: goldsmith, cabinetmaker and calligrapher. The cycle takes place in conjunction with and on the occasion of the major exhibition "Leonardo and the Madonna Litta," presented at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum until February 10, 2020. For the goldsmith's workshop, Daniela Repetto, professor at the Ambrosianan Goldsmith School in Milan, will make wax castings of the particular decorative knot that adorns the dress of the Mona Lisa. Paolo Santambrogio, master cabinetmaker, will help participants to build a wooden dodecahedron, a Platonic solid much loved by the Tuscan artist. Finally, Ivana Tubaro and Claire Billotte, calligraphers who collaborate with important brands, will guide participants to the creation of greeting cards or short quotes, using a quill pen and walnut hull ink. For more information:

Discover more


Online il nuovo sito di “Una Scuola, un Lavoro. Percorsi di Eccellenza”, the new website of the project “One School, One Job. Pathways to Excellence” online from September 5, 2022. A new look, lots of new content. Throughout the month, and until September 30, Schools will be able to enter applications from students competing in the Fondazione Cologni call for applications. With “One School, One Job. […]


“Mestieri d’arte e Bellezza italiana” at Milan Polytechnic

Launching for the ninth consecutive year is the “Mestieri d’arte e Bellezza italiana” lecture at the Milan Polytechnic, offered among the design faculty’s elective courses and sponsored by the Fondazione Italia Patria della Bellezza. The lectures, taught by Alberto Cavalli, director general of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, present beauty as a true genetic […]


Alberto Cavalli awarded at the FASHION COMMUNITY AWARDS 2022

On Tuesday, September 20, during the XXII edition of the CHI È CHI AWARDS – FASHION COMMUNITY AWARDS, Alberto Cavalli, general manager of Fondazione Cologni and executive director of Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, received at Palazzo Marino the social award as curator of the Homo Faber 2022 event that, in an international setting, […]


Venini: Luce 1921-1985

The title of the exhibition just opened in Venice on the Island of San Giorgio, for the initiatives promoted by le Stanze del Vetro, highlights the close link between Venetian glassmaking and light: reflected, projected, diffused by lumiere and panels of various shapes and sizes. Symbolic icons of the exhibition are the imposing veil, from […]