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The Techniques

As many art experts say, one of the most fascinating aspects of authentic Florentine commesso is that most of the work is done using the ancient technique developed in Medicean times.

First of all, stones are cut in 3 mm slices with a small tool (the only concession to modern technology); the steps that follow are the same as the ancient process developed in the 16th century.

The mosaicist manually cuts the stones in the small pieces he will need to complete his work.

This artistic work requires great concentration and a remarkable sense of aesthetics.

The master mosaicist follows the process for the creation of his works from the beginning untill the end, starting with the research for the stones in their natural habitat, as did the mosaicists in the Renaissance.

The charm of this research is then translated in the mosaics created with the technique called “Florentine commesso”, which have been considered true works of art for centuriesy and are exhibited in the Uffizi Gallery and in many other important museums all over the world, including the museum annexed to the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence.

As far as the Italian artistic heritage is concerned, the Studio Musivo Lastrucci has collaborated on the restoration of works of art belonging both to public corporations and to private collections.

The Studio Lastrucci continues to participate in restoration works upon examination of the works of art to be restored.


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