Scagliola: but where does this art come from?

Scagliola: but where does this art come from?

Scagliola is a word derived from scagli, which means scale, and referred to a gypsum ore abundant in Italy Romagna. Its name comes from its appearance which reminded of fish scale
s. By extension, the term has designated any work from that ore.

 

The scientific name of "scagli" is selenite, in reference to its lunar whiteness (selene means moon in ancient Greek), and the rigorous name of the work scagliola is stucco marble.

The term stucco-marble itself resembles a pleonasm, since stucco already means "marble aspect" but it clearly highlights the similarity between the works practiced according to the scagliola technique and the marbles from quarry

During the Italian Renaissance, in the seicento, architects and decorators used a lot of marble to decorate chapels, palaces and prestigious buildings. The demand was so high that the marble ran out. It was then that a craftsman, Guido Fassi, popularized the technique of scagliola and gave it its credentials.

He is now considered the inventor and founding father of the stucco-marble scagliola.
Other sources place the birth of stucco marmo scagliola in Bavaria in the early 16th century. As no trace was found in Emilia Romagna until the middle of this century, it is very likely that transalpine workers spread this technique in both regions.

But whatever the regional prides, the most important are the decorations of the famous "Reiche Kapelle", in the palace of the Duke of Bavaria, the decorations of the palaces of the Medecis, the encrusted tables and the creative genius of the artists of this glorious period.

Later the technique emigrated to Australia, England, the United States, and eventually disappeared. Probably because of the secrets surrounding its implementation, certainly also because of a change in customer tastes and because of a lack of creativity in the products offered: columns and walls do not fit all the decorations

Today at the dawn of the 3rd millennium, taking advantage of the renewed interest in crafts, the stucco-marble scagliola comes out of its hibernation.

In classical continuity, we can cite the work of Bianco Bianchi (http://biancobianchi.com)
Those of Maurizio Felezia (http://scagliole.it).

And in a more contemporary vein the works of Angelo Barrero (http://angelbarero.be) and of course mine.

Rosette with insect

Rosette with insect

Green pigments, all in finesse for this rosette to the insect which evokes both a wasp and a beetle
Dimension rosette: D = 83cm, h = 6cm

perhaps placed directly against a wall or spaced from it to let a headband of light pass!

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Scagliola: but where does this art come from?

Scagliola: but where does this art come from?

Scagliola is a word derived from scagli, which means scale, and referred to a gypsum ore abundant in Italy Romagna. Its name comes from its appearance which reminded of fish scales. By extension, the term has designated any work from that ore.   The scientific name of...

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Rosette with insect

Rosette with insect

Green pigments, all in finesse for this rosette to the insect which evokes both a wasp and a beetle Dimension rosette: D = 83cm, h = 6cm perhaps placed directly against a wall or spaced from it to let a headband of light pass!

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Four-sided cubes

Four-sided cubes

Directing the light up and down, these lightweight Marmorean structures give a special character to your interior. The marble seems to float in the air ... To use with the other creations of scagliola.art for a timeless and truly original decoration Dimensions:...

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Rosette and swallow globe

Rosette and swallow globe

Earth pigments for this rosette and its luminous suspension with integrated led. The flight of swallows seems natural in this Marmorean composition of classical appearance Rosette dimension: D = 83cm, h = 6cm Light suspension: D = 40cm, h = 19cm

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Red Planet

Red Planet

Stucco marmo creates with two varieties of red pigments, a luminous suspension with led integrated as a ceiling decoration element in which the graceful flight of swallows is discovered Dimensions: D*h = 40*19 cm

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Cube stuco marmo verde

Cube stuco marmo verde

Three varieties of green pigments were needed to succeed this stucco marmo verde. To hang and with built-in led, a beautiful object during the day for a soft atmosphere at night Dimensions L*h = 48*21cm

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Scagliola: but where does this art come from?

Scagliola: but where does this art come from?

Scagliola is a word derived from scagli, which means scale, and referred to a gypsum ore abundant in Italy Romagna. Its name comes from its appearance which reminded of fish scales. By extension, the term has designated any work from that ore.   The scientific name of...

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Rosette with insect

Rosette with insect

Green pigments, all in finesse for this rosette to the insect which evokes both a wasp and a beetle Dimension rosette: D = 83cm, h = 6cm perhaps placed directly against a wall or spaced from it to let a headband of light pass!

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The Ornaments BlogCategories Rose window and globe with swallows Bas-relief Address Rue du Parc, 25 4020 Liège GSM: +32 (0)496.214.290Open Hours Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm Weekends: 10am – 9pm Holidays: ClosedFollowfacebook instagram linkedinSubscribe

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The Lighting BlogCategories 4-sided cubes 5-sided cubes Upward-facing spheres Down-facing spheresAddress Rue du Parc, 25 4020 Liège GSM: +32 (0)496.214.290Open Hours Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm Weekends: 10am – 9pm Holidays: ClosedFollowfacebook instagram...

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Four-sided cubes

Four-sided cubes

Directing the light up and down, these lightweight Marmorean structures give a special character to your interior. The marble seems to float in the air ... To use with the other creations of scagliola.art for a timeless and truly original decoration Dimensions:...

read more
Rosette and swallow globe

Rosette and swallow globe

Earth pigments for this rosette and its luminous suspension with integrated led. The flight of swallows seems natural in this Marmorean composition of classical appearance Rosette dimension: D = 83cm, h = 6cm Light suspension: D = 40cm, h = 19cm

read more
Red Planet

Red Planet

Stucco marmo creates with two varieties of red pigments, a luminous suspension with led integrated as a ceiling decoration element in which the graceful flight of swallows is discovered Dimensions: D*h = 40*19 cm

read more
Cube stuco marmo verde

Cube stuco marmo verde

Three varieties of green pigments were needed to succeed this stucco marmo verde. To hang and with built-in led, a beautiful object during the day for a soft atmosphere at night Dimensions L*h = 48*21cm

read more

Address

Rue du Parc, 25
4020 Liège

GSM: +32 (0)496.214.290

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Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Weekends: 10am – 9pm
Holidays: Closed

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Four-sided cubes

Four-sided cubes

Directing the light up and down, these lightweight Marmorean structures give a special character to your interior. The marble seems to float in the air …
To use with the other creations of scagliola.art for a timeless and truly original decoration

Dimensions: height: 30cm, square base of 42*42cm

Rosette and swallow globe

Rosette and swallow globe

Earth pigments for this rosette and its luminous suspension with integrated led. The flight of swallows seems natural in this Marmorean composition of classical appearance
Rosette dimension: D = 83cm, h = 6cm
Light suspension: D = 40cm, h = 19cm

Red Planet

Red Planet

Stucco marmo creates with two varieties of red pigments, a luminous suspension with led integrated as a ceiling decoration element in which the graceful flight of swallows is discovered
Dimensions: D*h = 40*19 cm

Cube stuco marmo verde

Cube stuco marmo verde

Three varieties of green pigments were needed to succeed this stucco marmo verde. To hang and with built-in led, a beautiful object during the day for a soft atmosphere at night

Dimensions L*h = 48*21cm

Marine cube

Marine cube

A cubic suspension, of two different shades of blue with integrated leds.
Inspired by the landscapes of the northern seas, in March I drew elements of waves in Chinese imagery

Dimension: L*h = 42*30cm