|Not a painting. Stone Art|
The museum is housed in a renovated, historic building that wraps around a central garden. The traditional floor plan was altered exposing a 2 story gallery from the entrance of the museum.
The second floor houses the ancient machinery and tools that are used to create Pietre dure art. A film explained the process simply and described how designs are created, patterns made and stone cut to fit exactly into each pattern. The museums’ You Tube posts gives you close up, color views
For details on this detailed process another You Tube video covers the process from selection of each stone, cutting and fitting into the intricate pattern to the final touches.
You get see the tools employed in the cases as well as stone samples.
|This wooden vice holds a very thin slice of marble. A wire saw will cut out the next design
piece that will be added to the outline
Most walls are covered with works that appear to be paintings but are ALL completed with different colored stone to create each piece. The work is seamless with no indication that it is not one single piece of stone.
Check with the museum for open days and times. http://opificiodellepietredure.it/