26 Feb JUST LIKE A STARRY SKY: CEILINGS DECORATED WITH GOLD LEAF
“The entire sky is populated with stars, very small and immense. They are points of luminous embroidery sparkling on a dark velvet backdrop, conspiring on a transparent veil, growing dimmer on pale blue silk. They are glow-worms wandering across never-ending meadows in continuous, tireless palpitations”.
These words were written by the children’s book author, Giuseppe Fanciulli.
In this quote, I liked the idea of the stars being “points of luminous embroidery”.
It adds beauty to the environment and makes the space unique: a ceiling decorated with gold leaf by Mariani Affreschi
Embroidery is nothing more than a decoration and today we will examine the magical atmosphere created by ceilings decorated with gold leaf. We are talking about pure craftsmanship.
When creating this type of fresco, the artist first does a freehand drawing of the decoration directly on the ceiling. This delicate operation comes from the painter’s imagination and the customer’s requests, but also from the size of the area to be decorated.
The artist prepares to freehand draw the decoration
The motifs are inspired by classic tradition, but every work contains the artist’s special stroke and what inspired him at that moment.
After creating the “embroidery,” the gold leaf is applied on the decoration itself or on the background. In this latter case, the decoration is created using chiaroscuro colours. The decorations are then outlined to exalt their shape and contrast with the gold.
The artist applies the gold leaf
The last touch: the profile of the gold leaf and the ceiling is a work of art
The artists at Mariani Affreschi have decorated ceilings with gold leaf in private homes or public places throughout the world. Part of the company’s philosophy is to promote the sense of uniqueness that belongs to every handmade work and that has always distinguished good Italian craftsmanship.
To understand the beauty of these frescoes, just look at the photos.
A ceiling of a private home with a gold leaf fresco