The most important works I have been doing in these last years is part of the «Scagliola Project», a technique that I am absolutely fond of:

it includes manifold creative aspects, such as three-dimensionality, colors, traditional natural materials and,

the most appealing to me, the challenge to imitate what nature has created.

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The imitation of something that exists in nature has been a goal for many artists, in the past and still is in the modern times,

even though this is achieved by means of more and more "high tech" instruments.

In this regard Raniero Gnoli, a great connoisseur of the stones and marbles used by Romans and author of the book “Marmora Romana” states:

…another thing that affects and humiliates marble, is modern times’ working methods and the excessive use of the machines:

The perfection of sawed and cleaned by machines slabs generates a dead thing.

Every sort of marble - as well as any kind of wood or metal - responds differently to the human efforts and the

diversity of this response is, for the connoisseur, its appeal, its value, its beauty...

The machine does not take into account any of this diversity, and under its action, everything is dulled...

The life of the matter depends on the traces that man, by his hand and his intellect,

leaves on it in the effort to dominate it.

Enjoy colors and

shapes!

Farnese Basin

Farnese Basin

Inspired by the twin fountains of Piazza Farnese in Rome

Lapis Obelisk

Lapis Obelisk

A centerpiece with a precious lapislazuli-like obelisk

Still Life

Still Life

Transposition into scagliola of a Flemish painting

San Marco's Frame

San Marco's Frame

Inspired by a decoration in the famous Venetian Basilica

Aquitanian Obelisk

Aquitanian Obelisk

A tribute to the famous "Marmor Celticum" of the Romans

Helios

Helios

Transposition from a Roman stone inlay decoration

Table top with a map

Table top with a map

A scagliola-made trompe l'oeil

Dresser Top

Dresser Top

Imitation of the Breche de Vimines stone

Parrot on a Branch

Parrot on a Branch

Transposition of an inlay marble decoration of the 16th century

Horse Frame

Horse Frame

A grotesque inspired decoration

Another reason that makes me love scagliola is my passion for the «ancient» marbles.

By the word “ancient” are meant those stones imported by Romans from their colonies around the Mediterranean Sea,

used for sculptures and for covering floors or veneers on the walls of their villas and in the public palaces.

Those marbles have acquired for Romans but also, later on, for Byzantines a very important symbolic significance.

My works in scagliola are based on classical canons and designs, sometimes directly inspired from existing works of art

that are re-elaborated through my personal aesthetic perception and are

part of a project called «Roman Memories», since Rome has

been part of my everyday life for

almost 45 years.

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