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Hardstones: The Gilbert Collection

Massinelli, Anna Maria; Gabriel, Jeanette, Hanisee; Gilbert Collection

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ISBN 10: 0856675105 / ISBN 13: 9780856675102
Published by Philip Wilson Pub Ltd, London, U.S.A., 2000
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Title: Hardstones: The Gilbert Collection

Publisher: Philip Wilson Pub Ltd, London, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover (Cloth)

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

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The technique of Hardstone mosaic was developed in the sixteenth century under the patronage of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, in parallel with the revival of Roman mosaics made from tiny tesserae. Complex images were created from a matrix of coloured marbles and semiprecious stones, selected and cut with breathtaking craftsmanship. During the seventeenth century the technique was used in the production of some of the most magnificent luxury objects in Italy; in the eighteenth century, panels of landscapes, birds and flowers were incorporated into furniture and snuffboxes. This gave way in the nineteenth century to the production of pictures in extraordinarily convincing imitation of oil paintings.

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Anna Maria Massinelli specialises in sculpture and the decorative arts. She has contributed to a number of exhibition cstslogues, international conventions and specialist magazines. She has written several books including Treasures of the Medici, published by Vendome Press in 1992. Between 1993 and 1996 she was Assistant Curator for the Department of Decorative Arts of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is currently Professor of History of Art at the Academy of Fine Art in Palermo.

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