20 Nov A special ceiling for a villa in India
“Art does not imitate, it interprets.”
These words of the Italian writer, Carlo Dossi, are filled with great truth, and we can use them to tell you about a special project created by the team of Mariani Affreschi artists inside a villa in India.
The project originated from a request by an Interior Designer who wanted to create a unique interior for the villa of a wealthy client, commissioning a very large artwork to decorate with elegance and beauty the ceiling of a hall.
To satisfy the client, the Art Masters of Mariani created a unique work inspired by a Renaissance subject and, in particular, by an Italian masterpiece: the coffered ceiling of the Audience Hall of Palazzo Vecchio in Urbino (also known as Palazzo Ducale).
The artist in the Mariani Affreschi laboratory drawing an outline of the artwork to be sent to India and applied on a special ceiling
The large artwork was painted meticulously by the artist, drawing inspiration from the coffered ceiling of the Audience Hall of Palazzo Vecchio in Urbino
As you can see from the photos, the work required numerous artistic processes, which were all performed in the historic workshop of Brescia. In fact, as requested by the clients, this canvas painting measuring 10 square meters was shipped rolled-up to India, with a special kit for mounting it to the ceiling.
The colouring and gilding stage. The work was created in the historic workshop of Mariani Affreschi and the canvas and its application kit were then shipped to the client
The last decorative touches that will make the painting even more unique and special
The work required great commitment and artistic interpretation. Starting from the outline, the artist sketched the decoration by hand and then added the colours inspired by the subject. The work was embellished with wooden rosettes covered in gold leaf, applied meticulously to make this great Italian artwork even more extraordinary.
Although inspired by an existing subject, the work is nevertheless special and unique because it combines artistic interpretation, handcrafted experience and creativity: qualities that have been distinguishing Mariani Affreschi for decades.
The artist is finishing the work that will decorate the ceiling of a villa in India
Detail of a gold-leaf decoration