14 Feb MARIANI AFFRESCHI DECORATES THE “SALA DEGLI SPOSI” (HALL OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM) OF VILLA GIULIA IN ISCHIA WITH GEORGE BARBIER
They talk about love. They symbolically express the union between a man and a women and evoke one of the most beautiful days in a person’s life, their wedding day.
To decorate and embellish the “Sala degli Sposi” of Villa Giulia in Ischia, the Leonessa family placed its trust in the artistic skills of Mariani Affreschi, whose artists painted some frescoes in one of the marvellous rooms of the Neapolitan residence.
The frescoes were created using traditional age-old techniques and depict some subjects by George Barbier. The choice of the subjects aims at narrating the art of seduction and courtship, a theme that has always been popular with artists throughout the ages and the perfect backdrop for the “Sala degli Sposi” of Villa Giulia.
The works were hand painted by fresco masters and every scene was reinterpreted by following the personal touch and emotions of each artist.
The beauty of these frescoes is not only in the design that reproduces the art of Barbier, but also in the special interpretation, which makes each piece unique and inimitable.
Some embellishments were added to make the works even more fascinating, such as Swarovski stones on the dresses of the women, the silver moon and other precious touches.
Who was George Barbier? Barbier was born in Nantes, France, in 1882. At the beginning of his career he designed theatre and ballet costumes and became famous as a fashion illustrator. For twenty years he led the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Barbier also turned his hand to jewellery, glass and wallpaper design. He wrote many essays and articles for the prestigious Gazette du Bon Ton. In the 1920s he worked as a costume designer for the Follies Bergere.