Ars Canusina art handicraft owes its origin in the 1930s to Maria Bertolani Del Rio, a psychiatrist at the San Lazzaro asylum in Reggio Emilia. In 1921 the “Antonio Marro” boarding school was established within the asylum, with therapeutic methods that included learning to make hand-crafted objects.

  WTI Magazine #55    2015 March, 6Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The first "horned saddles" or "buttera saddles" date back to the second half of the 16th century, during the period of Spanish influence, with the establishment of the State of the Garrisons in Tuscany, in 1557, at the behest of Federico II, King of Spain. The saddle...

  WTI Magazine #78    2016 April 15Author : UNIONCAMERE      Translation by:   One of the oldest congregations of shoemakers was founded in Venice in the 13th century. The Statute of the Congregation was reformed in 1268, the year used to calculate the duration of the Art of the Calegheri. The seal of the "Confraternita dei Calegheri" (Cobblers'...

  WTI Magazine #48    2014 November, 26Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundAn important role in the production of Italian wooden furniture with inlaid decoration must be attributed to the workshops of Rolo, a centre in which this art was already established in the eighteenth century. The merit is due in particular to...

  WTI Magazine #73    2015 November 27Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The production and decoration of weapons has ancient origins in the Brescia area. As early as 400 BC, the Celtic inhabitants of Val Trompia manufactured weapons, with which they did battle against other populations, including the...

  WTI Magazine #40    2014 July, 23Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundThe city of Vercelli has over 2500 years of history and was probably founded about a century after the city of Rome. Numerous accounts have survived from the past, one by Pliny the Elder, who said of it: "Vercellae Libicorum ex Salyis ortae". The...

Historical backgroundThe Monregalese (the area covered by the ancient province of Mondovi, including the mountainous region between the Tanaro and the Pesio) in the province of Cuneo, is one of Piedmont's few marble reserves, and was certainly its most important one in the period when the use of coloured marble was at its peak (17th-18th centuries)...

  WTI Magazine #63    2015 June, 27Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   In ancient times coral finds its popularity as an amulet, as evidenced especially by the classic "cornetto", Italian for "little horn" or "hornlet", an amulet worn to protect against the evil eye. It was believed also to have beneficial effects on female fertility and...

  WTI Magazine #80    2016 June 17Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The history of pontino precious metal work began in the fourth century B.C. and was initially distinguished by a certain austerity, then became an element of artistic expression with the advent of the Roman Empire and the annexing of much of the Hellenic world. The bea...

WTI Magazine #76    2016 February 15Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The technique of stucco, which is used to replace or recall more precious materials, has its origins in antiquity. However, another technique that derived from stucco: scagliola, understood as a mixture of selenite, water, glue and natural pigments, developed its own...