Unique creations, dream objects: over one hundred works, including works of jewelry and silverware designed by Mario and Gianmaria Buccellati are showcased for the first time at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. The temporary exhibition is held in the monumental halls of the Museo degli Argenti (Silver Museum at Palazzo Pitti) , and presents a selection of works created over 100 years by Mario and Gianmaria Buccellati. Father and son are the heirs to a flourishing tradition during the Renaissance with Benvenuto Cellini, one of the greatest artists ever. It was following the canons of the Renaissance that Mario Buccellati created his works, as explained by the art historian Cristina Acidini.
“An exhibition of precious jewelry and art is always a challenge because you risk the comparison between the ancient and the contemporary, to the disadvantage of the latter, but in this case the comparison is special because it shows a rare, perhaps unique style”.
Mario Buccellati forged the famous ” Buccellati style ” in which the exhibition pays tribute starting from some of the most valuable pieces designed by the founder of the brand, such as bracelets, brooches or tiara, worked in tulle or honeycomb where fineness and lightness of the tunnel is enhanced by the precious stones.
One section is devoted to Gianmaria Buccellati, a precocious talent drawing his first jewel at the age of 12. His father encouraged him to continue the family tradition . ” I must have drawn not less than 200,000 designs of jewelry ” says now Gianmaria, after one of the most glittering careers as a goldsmith.
The exhibition will remain open until February 22, 2015.
THE TREASURES OF THE BUCCELLATI FOUNDATION
From Mario to Gianmaria, 100 years of jewelry
Florence, Palazzo Pitti – Museo degli Argenti (Piazza Pitti)
From Dec. 2 2014 to Feb. 22 2015