Two “pastiglia” caskets restored at Palazzo Madama

Two pastille caskets, small caskets for jewels, medals and coins, kept in Palazzo Madama, have been restored by the Association of Friends of the Fondazione Torino Musei. The two works date back to the early sixteenth century and were made by workshops active between Padua and Ferrara. The caskets, made of wood covered with stucco and gold leaf, are decorated with bas-reliefs obtained from a mixture of plaster powder, marble and animal glue, inserted into special metal matrices, called “pastiglia”. Subsequently, the cast obtained was fixed to the walls of the coffers. The scenes were inspired by mythological subjects or by Roman classicism, which were also appreciated in Renaissance courts as objects of domestic elegance.

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