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The Bazzanti Gallery and Arno river’s floods

The Bazzanti Gallery and Arno river's floods From the Middle Ages to today, the Arno river has caused about ten disastrous floods in the town of Florence. In all of them the rains have beaten torrentially without stopping for many days throughout the Arno valley, whose catchment area is very large, slightly less than the [...]

The Celestial Sphere in Geneva – Part II

The Celestial Sphere in GenevaPart II In May 2019, the Ferdinando Marinelli Foundry was invited to the UN Palace in Geneva for a preliminary visit to Paul Manship's "Celestial Sphere" Monument located in the park in front of the Palace. Marinelli was accompanied by Carlo Lanaro, owner of Lanaro Steel Technology, specialized in the production [...]

Assisi, St. Mary of the Angels

Assisi, St. Mary of the AngelsLos Angeles, St. Francis and the Porziuncola in Assisi Thirty years after the death of St. Benedict (547), author of the famous Rule (the oldest manuscript codex of the Rule, dated 810, Abbey of St. Gall in Switzerland), it was built in 576, between the woods at the foot of [...]

The Celestial Sphere in Geneva – Part I

The Celestial Sphere in GenevaPart I In 1927 the competition for the design of the Palace of Nations in Geneva was announced, and the project of the team of architects including Carlo Broggi and Jozsef Vago was chosen. The Beaux Arts French neoclassical style was chosen. The works began in 1931 and ended in 1938. [...]

An american friend

An american friend In 1984 I was very lucky enough to meet the Architect Dudi Berretti in Florence, on the occasion of the creation of the bronze sculpture "Fountain of the Two Oceans" for San Diego in California. A character of unique sympathy and delicacy. We quickly became friends. The friendship was cemented when I [...]

Ghiberti’s St. Matthew

Ghiberti's St. MatthewThe loss and recovery of lost wax casting The bronze casting with the lost wax technique was lost with the fall of the Roman Empire, so much so that in the Middle Ages the sculpture was made exclusively in marble and stone, and the rare bronze doors were cast in Constantinople, where the [...]

The art of Lost Wax Casting

The art of Lost Wax CastingPart 1 The realization of bronze sculptures during ancient times has always been more complex and expensive than that of marble or stone sculptures. Bronze is a metal alloy whose components have been difficult to find in the past, therefore expensive. The Romans considered bronze to be precious and noble, [...]

Donatello and the putto in the sculpture – Part II

Donatello and the putto in the sculpture - Part IIDonatello from 1420 to 1440 Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, known as Donatello, was born in Florence in 1386. He had a very long life, he died in Florence in 1466 at the age of 80 years. He was educated in the house of the [...]

Michelangelo and the marble quarries – Part II

Michelangelo and the marble quarriesPart IIThe quarries of Serravezza - Pietrasanta Michelangelo, as he himself wrote in March 1520, at the request of the pope, in 1517-8 left from Rome for the Serravezza quarries: "I was sent from Rome to Seraveza, before I started to quarry, to see if there was marble". But he goes [...]

Donatello and the putto in the sculpture – Part II

Donatello and the putto in the sculpture - Part IIThe Renaissance On the left side of the Cathedral of Florence (Santa Maria del Fiore) there is the Almond Gate, executed in three phases: 1391-1397, 1404 -1409, 1414 -1422. Without going into the list of the artists who worked on it, it is enough to note [...]

Michelangelo and the marble quarries – Part I

Michelangelo and the marble quarriesPart I Michelangelo reached the marble quarries in Carrara twice, in 1497 and 1503, but Condivi, who wrote the biography published in 1553, does not mention it. In November 1497 he went there to find marble for the Pietà, a monument contracted by the cardinal of San Dionigi (Jean de Bilheres [...]

Donatello and the putti in the sculpture – Part I

Donatello and the putti in the sculptures - Part IThe Putti in history In the history of Western art the ancestor of the Renaissance "putto" appears in Greece in the form of the young Eros, god of sexual love and desire, but also a divine principle that pushes towards beauty. He is the son of [...]

The beginning of Renaissance sculpture: Donatello’s David

The beginning of Renaissance sculpture: Donatello's David The fifteenth century, the beginning of the Renaissance, is a founding moment of Western culture, whose principles, philosophy and art are marked up to the present day. In this century a group of brilliant characters are born in Florence in all human knowledge: science, astronomy, philosophy, literature, humanism, [...]

The Cacciucco Fountain

The Cacciucco Fountain From a letter of 25 June 1626, which the Camerlengo Lorenzo Usimbardi wrote to Grand Duke Ferdinando II de 'Medici …appears that Pietro Tacca declares that is convenient to cast two fountains to be put on the sides of the big monument of Ferdinando I dei Medici with the 4 black prisoners, [...]

The two Ferdinands

The two Ferdinands The Pietro Bazzanti Gallery in Florence was purchased by the Marinelli family in 1960, family that owns the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry in Florence. And it is thanks to the "two Ferdinands", as it is narrated below, that the Foundry and the Gallery met and joined. Ferdinando Marinelli Senior went down, at [...]

Sergio Benvenuti, an artistic friendship and a long American history – The Fountain of Two Oceans in San Diego

Sergio Benvenuti, an artistic friendship and a long American history - The Fountain of Two Oceans in San Diego When I was a child, I used to play in the Foundry, I often found Sergio Benvenuti, smeared of clay, busy creating some monumental sculpture. I remember him prone to sudden fits of anger when clay [...]

Fountain of the Tritons in Malta – Part II

Fountain of the Tritons in Malta - Part IIThe restoration The priority has been given to the elimination of the reinforced concrete poured inside the fountain when it was placed at the end of the 1950s on the travertine base. The Maltese technicians thought in this way to "strength" the brass sculptures and to find [...]

Fountain of the Tritons in Malta – Part I

Fountain of the Tritons in Malta - Part IHistory The fountain of the Tritons is considered by the Maltese as the symbol of the City of Valletta and of the entire island. It was modeled in the 50's by the Maltese sculptor Vincent Apap, and the hydraulic system was designed by his aide Victor Anastasi. [...]

The Gipsoteca of the Ferdinando Marinelli Foundry and of the Bazzanti Gallery

The Gipsoteca of the Ferdinando Marinelli Foundry and of the Bazzanti Gallery Our treasure, in addition to the artistic work capacity of our artisans, is that of the Ferdinando Marinelli Gipsoteca, preserved in sheds to this reserved. La nascita della Gipsoteca Ferdinando Marinelli Ferdinando Marinelli Senior, that started the Artistic Foundry in 1905, performed the [...]

Another marble colossus: the replica of the Farnese Hercules

Another marble colossus: the replica of the Farnese Hercules Another exciting adventure has been to sculpt in marble the colossal Farnese Hercules of the Naples Museum, a Greek statue of the III century AD., 3,17 meters high. It is one of the few ancient sculptures signed by the author: Glicone di Atene, as can be [...]

The restoration of the Kremlin

The restoration of the Kremlin In 1933 Stalin transformed two wonderful halls of the Kremlin festivals, the halls of Sant'Andrea and Sant'Alessandro, in a large room for the meetings of the CPSU, destroying the original furnishings and the sumptuous decorations. When we were called in 1998 for their complete restoration we found two half-empty halls [...]

The Bazzanti Gallery of the ancient Romans

The Bazzanti Gallery of the ancient Romans The desire to decorate one's home with replicas of masterpieces from the past is a fashion that has existed since the Roman era. The Romans in fact loved to make copies of Greek sculptures, often "reversing" the materials: often marble statues were reproduced in bronze, and vice versa. [...]

The bronze door of Liviu

The bronze door of LiviuA fortuitous meeting In 2013 the Artistic Foundry Ferdinando Marinelli, together with the Bazzanti Art Gallery and the friend Federico Frediani, organized e a bronze sculpture exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles together. On that occasion he was invited to spend two days in the villa of friends [...]

Carrara marble and the Apuan quarries

Carrara marble and the Apuan quarriesThe Etruscans The beginnings of the extraction of white Carrara marble date back to the 6th century BC, by Etruscan craftsmen active in Pisa and Volterra, witnessed by about a hundred various monuments (cippi of various shapes, decorated stone bases, large vases, but also female statues and large figured cippi [...]

Pietro Bazzanti’s participation in International Exhibitions in Australia

Pietro Bazzanti's participation in International Exhibitions in Australia The first documents relating to the arrival in Sydney of Italian ships date back to the mid-800s: in late August 1852, the Italian 150-ton brigantine called Rosa arrived in Sydney; from 1853 to 1855 the ship of the Kingdom of Sardinia disembarked and climbed several times from [...]

Foundry, hidden aspects

Foundry, hidden aspects The lost wax castings in bronze needs a long work of highly specialized craftsmen. This is especially true for the execution of replicas of the major masterpieces of art. When a bronze sculpture comes out of the foundry, it has a beautiful patina, shiny, clean, charming. But the work that leads from [...]

The Giambologna Foundry in Florence

The Giambologna Foundry in FlorenceGiambologna in Florence Giambologna, portrayed by the painter Hendrick Goltzius, arrives in Florence in the early fifties of the 1500s, hosted for two or three years by Bernardo Vecchietti, who introduced him to Francesco I dei Medici, making him take his service. The Medici, who was moving from the Signoria Palace [...]

The Identical Etruscan Chimera

The Etruscan Chimera In 1553 in Arezzo, during the excavations for the foundations of the Medici fortress, a bronze was found of a strange animal with a lion's head, a panther's body and a goat's head “stuck” on its back, as Vasari wrote. It was immediately recognized as the mythological Chimera, and was brought to [...]

Lungarno Corsini and Galleria Bazzanti part II

Lungarno Corsini and Galleria BazzantiPart IIThe Corsini's Coming from Castelvecchio di Poggibonsi, the Corsini family settled in Florence in the mid-twelfth century, in the district of San Felice in Piazza, and made a rapid career as bankers, obtaining important political offices in the city where they had important positions. In the 16th and 17th centuries [...]

The replica of the Boboli’s Dace Pileatus

The replica of the Boboli's Dace Pileatus After a first defeat suffered at the end of the 1st century AD from the Roman army commanded by the emperor Domitian, at the beginning of the 2nd century AD the Emperor Trajan with 15 legions managed to defeat and subdue the Dacian people with his king Decebalus, [...]

The “Little Florence” project, the replica of the marble sculpture of Michelangelo’s David

The "Little Florence" project, the replica of the marble sculpture of Michelangelo's David In January 2017, Dr. Wei He, the founder of the He University Campus in Shenyang, is visiting the Bazzanti Gallery. He is looking for marble and bronze replicas of ancient and renaissance masterpieces, searching for sculptures created only on molds taken from [...]

Lungarno Corsini and Galleria Bazzanti

Lungarno Corsini and Galleria BazzantiFirst PartRoman Florence Florence, a Roman city founded in the 1st century BC, had its brick walls with a defense moat, obtained by moving the Mugnone river along them, that is to say in the current Via Tornabuoni, which currently ends in Lungarno Corsini. The walls continued to be used and [...]

The Porcellino of Florence

The "Porcellino" of FlorenceThe marble boar, Roman replica The bronze boar of the fountain of the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo in Florence, was immediately nicknamed, with the typical Florentine irony, "il Porcellino" (the small pig). It all began with the visit that Cosimo I dei Medici made in 1560 to Pope Pius IV. Not only [...]

Postcards and Vintage Pictures

A selection of pictures and postcards with images of works by the Art Gallery Peter Bazzanti and Son and the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry of Florence concerning Cart of the Pioneers, the Monumental Staircase in the Vatican, the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, The Porcellino in Florence, statues and fountains for the Casino of Las Vegas [...]