the “gates of paradise” restored

After 27 years of research and restoration, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise” are being returned to public display inside the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore beginning on September 8, 2012. The restoration took exactly as many years as it took Ghiberti to complete the project between 1425-1453 after a competition was announced by the Arte di… Read More the “gates of paradise” restored

guilds of florence & the future of contemporary jewelry in italy

In Medieval Europe, merchant, trade, and craft guilds were being formed to protect artisans and related commerce against the feudal government. These associations became extremely powerful and dominant in their local goverenments and professional trades. Rules and guidelines were strictly controlled, as was the quality of the craft, apprenticeship training, materials used, and the way… Read More guilds of florence & the future of contemporary jewelry in italy

“pretiosa” handbag design by leonardo da vinci produced by gherardini

You knew he did it all, but handbag design, too? Yes, Leonardo da Vinci, the true Renaissance man, believed to have made this sketch in 1497, which was first discovered among thousands of drawings, that were probably part of the Codex Atlanticus, in 1978 by Leonardo scholar Carlo Pedretti. Little could da Vinci have known that more… Read More “pretiosa” handbag design by leonardo da vinci produced by gherardini