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...

  WTI Magazine #38    2014 July, 9Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical Background   For centuries, porcelain was an exotic material imported from China, as its composition and manufacturing techniques remained unknown in Europe. From 1585 to 1610, Francesco I de' Medici financed the production of a pseudo-porcelain in Florenc...

  WTI Magazine #64    2015 July, 10Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   In the area that is today Friuli Venezia-Giulia, since ancient times, various populations such as the Euganeans and Venetians have contributed to the development of metal crafts and metal processing. Jewellery making is the barbarian art par excellence. The filigree a...

  WTI Magazine #60    2015 May, 15Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The iron age came after the stone and bronze ages and dates back to 1000 BC. The use of iron spread more slowly, however, because it was only understood much later that the molten mass obtained in the first stone furnaces needed to be heated again to produce the pliabl...

  WTI Magazine #71    2015 October, 30Author : Camera di Commercio di Pisa with Unioncamere      Translation by:   Tanning was one of the earliest human activities. The first evidence of leather being used for clothes, sandals or the creation of objects such as water containers and boats comes from the writings of the Sumerians. The art of tanni...

  WTI Magazine #49    2014 December, 10Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical backgroundThe ancestor of the accordion was the "tcheng" or "sheng", an ancient instrument from China and other Southeast Asian countries dating back 4,500 years in time.The "tcheng" was the first instrument to use free reeds, the principle on which the...

  WTI Magazine #79    2016 May 13Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   The name velvet comes from the Latin "vellus", due to the characteristic dense pile on the right side of the fabric. Originally produced in the East, its use spread among the wealthier classes of the West in the 13th century. Velvet began to be produced in Italy in the...

  WTI Magazine #36    2014 June, 25Author : Unioncamere      Translation by:   Historical background   The art of the Florentine goldsmiths dates back to the 12th-13th century and covers a range of techniques, such as open work, burin engraving, chasing, "niello", damascening, "cesoro", soldering, cuttlebone casting, crucible casting, and foil...