Mosaic was first made by early civilizations in history and therefore, is one of the oldest arts.
There are many types of mosaic, from Greek to Byzantine, Roman and Florentine. Each has its own specific qualities, and all have a timeless beauty.
The technique of commesso, or working in semi-precious stone, goes back to the grand Duchy of Florence, and is known as mosaico fiorentino. Even today, wonderful inlay is created with semi-precious stone. Commesso, unlike mosaic does not use geometric tiles, but larger shaped pieces, chosen for colour, opacity, gloss and grain, creating works that are very close to figurative drawing. Extraordinarily valuable works of art today enrich museums around the world, bearing witness to the ingenuity and technique of Florentine artisans.
The Land of Sequals, Friuli Venezia Giulia, is known worldwide as the home of skilled mosaic artists, including Gian Domenico Facchina. Bright colours, fine designs and a dexterity that is both ancient and modern, carry on tradition at the Mosaic School of Spilimbergo, always looking for new talent and stylistic and artistic approaches.
Finally, we must not bypass the influence of Roman mosaic, declined in all its forms, including the technique of the micro mosaic, used to make exclusive jewellery, the result of work that is as painstaking as it is creative.
Founded in 1888, Orsoni is the last historic furnace allowed to operate with fire in Venice. It produces the famous Venetian glass tiles and 24 carat gold leaf mosaics in various shades, including the precious Oro San Marco, used to restore the masterworks of the Venetian Basilica. An age-old tradition described through the Color Library, […]
Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in painting, Lituana di Sabatino later became particularly passionate about the art of mosaics and commesso fiorentino, training at the workshop of master Roberto Marrucci. In 2008 she opened the workshop La Nuova Musiva just outside Florence, followed in 2009 by the opening of the workshop-shop […]
Pitti Mosaici was started by Ilio de Filippis who, after having trained at his father’s marble workshop in Venafro, near Isernia, opened his own place in Florence in the early eighties. Ilio is one of the few remaining artisans who still practices the age-old Florentine art of semi-precious stone mosaic-making. Over the years, many young […]
After graduating from the well-known school for mosaicists in the Friuli region, Luciano Petris opened his workshop in Codroipo in 1980. His endeavours cover a vast range of activities: design and reproduction of artistic mosaics of modern and contemporary inspiration, in particular; production of furnishings and facings, using Venetian enamel and marble as well as […]
Codroipo (UD)Decorative Arts
In the heart of Florence, thanks to the lesson of master Renzo Scarpelli and the work of his son Leonardo, the precious tradition of mosaic in semi-precious stone lives on, a tradition with roots in the Renaissance. To paint with stones requires great skill in finding the right elements and their colour tone, technical skill […]
The feature that makes this workshop, which has been creating artistic mosaics since the 1800s, unique is use of three different mosaic techniques: the Florentine mosaic in hard stone; the micro-mosaic made from spun glass; and the classic cut mosaic made from pieces of glass. Mosaic masters specialised in these techniques make jewellery and ornaments, […]
A studio-workshop that works with and experiments in the field of the mosaic, conceived as contemporary art in its many forms. Together with their collaborators, Mohamed and Laura Chabarik Carraro, both outside lecturers at the Mosaic School of Friuli, create works with materials and techniques of various types. Their work is always unique and artisan, and […]