Bologna’s Bottega Prata: the art of wrought iron

The Bottega Prata in Bologna is a magical, sparkling smithy where a number of wrought iron masterpieces were and still are created, contributing to beauty in Italy (and in the whole world, considering the amount of international exports): there are gates, grating, staircase and balcony decorative details, as well as statues, bas reliefs, and sculptures.

The workshop was founded and managed – up until he was 90 years old, eight years before his death in 1994 – by Antonio Prata, a craftsman-artist born in the late 1800s who earned the titles of “prince” and “poet” of wrought iron.

The Bottega is now in the hands of Antonio’s grandson and pupil, Pierluigi. Pierluigi remembers his grandfather’s amazing talent and skill: “To teach me this art, he would bring in a leaf that the fall wind had blown to the threshold and make an exact copy of it in iron. His ability in forging metal left me speechless, and made me fall in love with this job. I felt like I belonged there, since I was very young.”

Today, the wind still brings leaves to the front door, and masterpieces continue to come out of Bottega Prata.

Photos via:
http://www.bottegaprata.com

Bottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di BolognaBottega Prata di Bologna

Bologna’s Bottega Prata: the art of wrought iron

Bologna
Via Caldarese, 1D
+39 051 239593
+39 338 5032612

WEEKLY POSTCARD

Most Read

Rococo luxury at the Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi

The Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi, near Turin, was designed by Filippo Juvarra and built in 1729; between the 18th and 19th...

Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

by Barbara Palladino His creations sum up every magnificence of 18th-century Baroque style: Pietro Piffetti was one of the most famous and...

Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato: a triumph of decorative art

by Barbara Palladino Inside Turin’s Royal Palace is one of the gems of 18th-century Baroque art: the Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli...

Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

by Barbara Palladino The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any...