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Moleria Locchi: invisible wounds and transparent beauty

French poet Sully Proudhomme (1901 Nobel prize in Literature) ended his famous “Le vase brisé” (“The Broken Vase”) with these beautiful verses: “Though to...

Outside the box with Ercole Barovier

Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) worked outside the box: no standard definition could really fit his professional and artistic profile. He was not like the many other...

Carlo Scarpa’s glass plates

In 1951, Carlo Scarpa was praised by no less than the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who happened to visit the Venini glass furnace...

Vetrate d’Arte Giuliani

In the atelier of the Vetrate d’Arte Giuliani, the knowledgeable hands of craftsmen make glass with the same grace of musicians playing their instruments....

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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...