The international roots of Savona’s Ceramics Museum
The Museum of Ceramics in Savona – part of the city’s Civic Museums network, Musa – is home to six centuries of this ancient art.
Thousands of precious pieces are showcased across four floors of the 15th-century Palazzo del Monte di Pietà: “laggioni” of the 15th and 16th centuries (Hispanic-Morish tradition tiles: the Arabic “al zuleja” turned into the Spanish “azulejo”, Catalan “rayola”, and Neapolitan “riggiola”); Oriental-style majolicas from the 1700s; artifacts from the early 1900s’ Art Deco, rationalist, and Futurist periods, as well as some by Italian and international contemporary designers.
“Liguria’s production gained importance and developed models that were increasingly independent from Urbino’s and Fenza’s” since the end of the 1500s. “Genoa rose first, followed by Albisola and Savona. A number of workshops seemed to share various product families within ‘arte sottile’ – as fine majolica making was called in Savona. Ligurian ceramic artists drew inspiration for their repertoire of decorations from their frequent contacts with different cultures – Spanish, Turkish, and Dutch – thanks to constant trade activities” (VV.AA., “Arti minori”, Jaca Book, Milan 2000).
Now the Ceramics Museum carries on their legacy, with an open and international vibe.