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Italia Sorrento1 The Wood Inlay Museum

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The MUTA (Museo della Tarsia Lignea) is a private museum which was opened in 1999 inside the Pomarici Santomasi Palace (18th century). Museo della Tarsia Lignea is, using the word of its founder, the architect and designer Alessandro Fiorentino, a special museum-workshop where people can enjoy the old Sorrento’s tradition of wooden marquetry and buy the new production of hand-made objects and furnitures

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Italia Sorrento1 The Wood Inlay Museum

  1. 1. Intarsia is a form of wood inlay and a specialty of Sorrento, a lovely old town clinging to a cliff side some thirty-nine kilometers southeast of Naples. The intarsia technique involves arranging dif-ferent woods (mahogany, rosewood, elm, chestnut, ebony, olive, walnut, and other varieties) into elaborate surface designs. The result is intricate renderings of cityscapes, architecture, floral and vegetal motifs, human figures, and geometric patterns MUTA, Museo della Tarsia Lignea, located in the “Palazzo Pomarici Santomasi“, in the historical center of Sorrento  
  2. 2. The MUTA is a private museum which was opened in 1999 inside the Pomarici Santomasi Palace (18th century). Museo della Tarsia Lignea is, using the word of its founder, the architect and designer Alessandro Fiorentino, a special museum-workshop where people can enjoy the old Sorrento’s tradition of wooden marquetry and buy the new production of hand- made objects and furnitures Music Table 1859 by Michele Grandville
  3. 3. The display of the ancient and modern inlay collection is presented on four floors of the building and they document through separate divisions, the art of inlaid woodwork in its many facets
  4. 4. On the first floor, the museum displays a large exhibition of paintings, prints and photos
  5. 5. Table by Roberto Pane, Antonino Terminiello 1938
  6. 6. The Wood  Inlay  Museum  in  Sorrento  traces  the  history  of  intarsia  with  its collection of furniture and smaller objects from the early 1800s to the present displayed in cabinets of curiosities
  7. 7. The bedroom of Princess Maria Sturdza, the wife of Constantine Cortchacow (cousin of Tsar Nicolas II). Intaglio in walnut, executed by Sorrento Scuola d'Arte cca 1890
  8. 8. The bedroom of Princess Maria Sturdza, detail of the wardrobe
  9. 9. Every detail of the decoration on the bed evokes the rank, name and family of the Princess.
  10. 10. In addition to the coat of arms and monogram carved on the foot of the bed, the wooden figures of children on the four corners can be interpreted as referring to her children (Sorrento-Villa Cortchacow by Domenico Rea)
  11. 11. Luigi Gargiulo Table Torquato Tasso 1830
  12. 12. The technique of inlaid wood was widely used across northern and central Italy by  the  late   Middle  Ages.   Masters  of   wood  inlay   decorated medieval  Italian churches with choir screens, stalls, pulpits, and other church furnishings with the intarsia technique
  13. 13. Although intarsia masters are documented in Sorrento as early as the sixteenth century, intarsia furniture became especially fashionable throughout Europe in the 1800s, following the crew of royal influence. Intarsia’s popularity spread to France, and the Napoleonic court commissioned intricate works of furniture and other decorative pieces made in the Naples region.
  14. 14. An intarsia school was established in the 1880s in Sorrento, and the craft continued to flourish. Around the turn of the twentieth century, the beautiful Amalfi Coast began to lure increasing numbers of foreign travelers. As Americans, Germans, English, and Dutch began to discover the special beauty of the local intarsia tradition, this outside interest ensured that the craft would endure
  15. 15. Bed with canopy by Francesco Grandi and Arturo Guidi 1887
  16. 16. Bed with canopy by Francesco Grandi and Arturo Guidi 1887 detail
  17. 17. Table by The school of Art in Sorrento 1890
  18. 18. Table by The school of Art in Sorrento 1890
  19. 19. Coin cabinet by Francesco Grandi 1892
  20. 20. Cigar holder 1850 by Michele Grandville
  21. 21. During the restoration of the Palace, the original architectural and decorative works were brought to light, including frescoes and ceilings covered with painted paper made by hand
  22. 22. A small circular staircase was found hidden behind a wall accessible only a trapdoor hidden under the floor on the second floor. This was a secret staircase which would have allowed the inhabitants of the palazzo to hide and escape in the event of danger
  23. 23. Table by Luigi Gargiulo 1880
  24. 24. Table by Luigi Gargiulo 1880
  25. 25. Music stand by Michele Grandville 1850
  26. 26. Secrétaire dos d'âne 1880 Giuseppe Gargiulo
  27. 27. Giusppe Gargiulo 1900 Nest of tables
  28. 28. Table Sorrento peasant Antonino Gargiulo 1891
  29. 29. On the ground floor of the Museum  there is a workshop where inlaid furniture and objects signed by Alessandro Fiorentino Collection are sold
  30. 30. The ground floor displays the exhibition of a modern collection of inlaid objects and furniture with decorative themes related to contemporary culture
  31. 31. 22 scatole d’Autore (designer boxes)
  32. 32. Crosses designed and produced by Arch. Alessandro Fiorentino
  33. 33. Sound: Nino Rota - Danze del Gattopardo; Giuseppe Verdi Valzer brillante. Teatro alla Scala di Milano Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Internet All  copyrights  belong to their  respective owners Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu https://plus.google.com/+SandaMichaela 2018

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