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giovanni baccani
House estabilished in 1903

Wooden graffito obelisk

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€ 140.00

description

Originally created as an instrument of urban furniture, in time it has asserted itself as an elegant furnishing object.

In today's Florence, the most famous examples of these artefacts can be admired in Piazza Santa Maria Novella where the Grand Duke Ferdinando dei Medici erected two marble obelisks in 1606, replacing the wooden ones previously erected by Cosimo I in 1563.

The Graffito technique of decoration represents one of the most ancient and precious Florentine techniques.

A description of it can be found in the “Libro dell'arte” by Cennino Cennini (14th century) and in “Vite dei più eccellenti pittori” by Giorgio Vasari (15th century).

This technique was, therefore, passed down from artist to artist and workshop to workshop up to nowadays.

It is a complex method: the wooden object is covered by a layer of plaster on which gold leaf is applied, after sanding, with a hot tempera.

After this, a layer of milk-based or egg white-based tempera is painted on the surface.

Once it has dried on the object, the decoration is drawn freehand, with a soft wood style, bringing to light the gilding below.

Delivery time

Due to hancrafting, the delivery time may vary from 10 to 30 days

Dimensions

40cm X 9cm X 9cm

Size for graffito obelisk

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