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Address: Lungarno Corsini 8 , Florence

Date: Friday 17 May 2019









CRAFTS AND PALAZZO marks the milestone of 25 years and celebrates the "vermeil wedding", the refined gilding technique of silver created in France in the mid-eighteenth century. ( Florence , Corsini Garden 16 - 19 May 2019) .

An important result, for the exhibition promoted and organized by the Associazione Giardino Corsini, a reference point for the sector, an opportunity for dialogue and comparison, born from a project by Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani in principle that craftsmanship is a value .

"Our goal was to break down the boundaries, trying to build a new sensitivity towards tradition, where the challenge is excellence and confrontation with the past", explain Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani.

"Twenty-five years to protect arts and crafts related to the culture of handmade, so that the heritage of our territories should not be lost, but is the lifeblood and job opportunities for the new generations".

In these twenty-four editions, ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO has involved 709 master craftsmen representing 151 trades (ceramics processing, glass grinding, silver embossing, wood carving, restoration of tapestries, gilding of frames and sculptures, luthiery, techniques of scagliola, turning, weaving of straw, weaving, inlay of semi-precious stones, goldsmith's art, bakers, pastry chefs, tailors etc); 75 institutional partnerships ; over 157,000 visitors .

For the promotion of high-quality craftsmanship Made in Italy, CRAFTS AND PALACE has been invited to participate in important exhibitions in international contexts, including Italy in Japan in Tokyo and Osaka, ArtisansPassion in Paris and the ' Year of Italian Culture has been specially produced the exhibit "Hats on Film / Hat in Cinema" exhibition at the Institute of Italian Culture in Los Angeles.


In a unique setting, along the avenues of the seventeenth-century Corsini Italian garden designed by Gherardo Silvani, in the Limonaie and in the Orto delle Monache, this edition of ARTISAN AND PALAZZO will also bring together a new selection of about 100 master craftsmen who , not only will show their products, but they will demonstrate their mastery by working live and revealing the secrets of techniques that make their work unique.

In the wake of Vermeil's wedding, the gold will be the thread Rouge of the many events scheduled in the four days of the event. A journey to understand, meet, see, taste, in order to contribute to making known those roots that represent our values.


It is to the historic Giusto Manetti Battiloro company , born in Florence in 1820, that CRAFTS AND PALAZZO will dedicate the PRINCIPE EXHIBITION , reserved for each edition, to the creative journey of an important Italian brand that has made craftsmanship the key to its success in the world.

" From the first year with the format of the" Mostra Principe "we want to give our audience a unique experience, of narration and passion for work, sharing the deep link between craftsmanship and Italian identity. But not only, we hope that it will also be a stimulus for young people who are approaching this sector, in view of a renewed culture of handmade, "explain the organizers Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani.

Over time, they have told their story and opened their archives, such as Bulgari, Ente Tabacchi Italiano, Fabriano, Fondazione Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gucci, Il Bisonte, Laguna B, Loretta Caponi, Perfume-Pharmaceutical Workshop of Santa Maria Novella, Richard Ginori, Roberto Capucci and Vacheron Constantin.

"LEONARDO E IL BATTILORO" - this is the title of the PRINCIPE EXHIBITION staged in the Small Limonaia of the Corsini Garden - will tell the creative path of the Giusto Manetti Battiloro company, which for over 15 generations has produced real gold and silver leaf , through production process where high technology and traditional craftsmanship meet.

Visitors will be able to learn about the ancient technique, partly still in vogue, of gold leaf processing, tracing the various phases that, from a gold ingot, can be used to make a very thin leaf with a thickness of a few tenths of a micron.

But within the Exhibition, on the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci , for the first time it will be possible to see in action the ancient Maglio machine for Battiloro that the Giusto Manetti Battiloro has realized for the occasion with a manual workmanship and original materials, according to the original drawing by Leonardo, present in the Codex Atlanticus . A masterpiece of mechanical engineering, used for the production of embossed foils, used for gold leaf but also for medals, coins and studs.


The dish that Richard Ginori will produce together with Giusto Manetti Battiloro for the RICETTE DI FAMIGLIA initiative is new and exclusive.

The dish, on the essential Venezia form, will be made precious by the pure gold leaf made by Giusto Manetti Battiloro, positioned in the center of the white porcelain. On the reverse it will bear the mark of the two Tuscan companies and will be personalized with the words "FAMILY RECIPES" 25th edition CRAFTS AND PALAZZO.

A daily appointment (Giardinetto delle Rose at 6.00 pm), that of RICETTE DI FAMIGLIA, curated by the journalist Annamaria Tossani and produced in collaboration with Richard Ginori, Riccardo Barthel and Desinare, which combines contemporary food culture with the flavors and cuisine of the past, with liveshow cooking and tastings offered to the public on exclusive porcelain dishes.

In the theme of the fundraising " MEMORIE DI RUSSIA IN FLORENCE" - promoted by ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO for this 25th edition - the chefs and cooks of Desinare, in the kitchen set up by Riccardo Barthe l, will propose the recipes of the Russian tradition proposed by international characters .

In the Giardinetto delle Rose, inside ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO every day at 6 pm, guests can taste some dishes of Russian cuisine, told by: LIudmila Musatova , producer and food-stylist , who will talk about the memories of her honey cake ; the artist Galia Shabanova , descendant of an important Muscovite family, of his pirojki; Gleb Smirnov , an internationally renowned art historian will tell anecdotes about the blini with smetane and salmon; is Anne Worontzoff-Weliaminoff, linguist and lay representative of the Russian Orthodox Church of Florence, on herb potatoes.


The BLOGS & CRAFTS competition is being replicated , wanted by Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani to promote the creativity of young people through the encounter between "knowing how to do" and "knowing how to communicate". The ten artisans under 35 winners, chosen among the best talents for their ability to innovate the tradition with advanced techniques, will be hosted by the event and will work and exhibit their creations in a Limonaia del Giardino Corsini.

At the same time, their works will be documented live blogging by 10 of the best bloggers , experts on the themes of craftsmanship, lifestyle , fashion, tourism - hosted during their stay in Florence by Starhotels.


But ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO is also something else, it is a project that is made available to the city of Florence to safeguard the Florentine cultural heritage.

The FUNDING COLLECT campaign , promoted by ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO which involves the public and supporting companies, will have the theme this year "MEMORIES OF RUSSIA IN FLORENCE" and will be destined for the urgent recovery and conservation of some works of art linked to the Russian community that, during the 800s until the early 1900s, enriched Florence with residences, churches and art collections ( Duration from February 1st to May 31st 2019). In 2018 the collection was in support of the reopening of the Ginori della Porcellana museum of Doccia.

The goal this year is to reach over 308,000 euros to support urgent restoration and conservation work in favor of the Demidoff Collection masterpieces preserved at the Stibbert Museum ; of the Hemicycle of the Evangelical Cemetery in the Laurels ; and for the completion of the restoration of the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus and St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.

By participating in the campaign, donors will become an active part of the history of CRAFTS AND PALAZZO, but also of Florence, as their names will remain registered in these important places of memory , witnesses of Florentine history and of the city's profound cultural exchanges with the Russian community.

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The organizers Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani from ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO have also decided to produce some sculptures by the young Florentine artist Riccardo Prosperi - aka "Simafra " - and the donations that will be collected for these works will feed into the fundraising project.

Ten numbered unique pieces , presented in a special catalog, with an introductory text by Natalia Parenko, director of the Florentine headquarters of the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

Specifically, the MADRE / TERRA project is made up of ten sculptures - between 25 and 50 cm in diameter - which transform the idea of Russian matryoshka folklore into a concentric terrestrial globe in which the "geological eras" are represented by truly traceable materials in the Siberian mines: gold, malachite, diamonds, hard coal, gas.

A monumental version of the sculpture will welcome visitors to the center of Giardino Corsini. The installation of Simafra, a sphere of 4 meters in diameter, will be made with building material and made externally bright with the use of the gold leaf of Manetti Battiloro.


The catalog of the XXV edition of ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO on this theme will be enriched by the original contributions of:

S.Eccellenza Pasquale Q. Terracciano , ambassador of Italy to Moscow

St. Eminence Giuseppe Betori , archbishop of Florence

Dario Nardella , mayor of Florence

Andrea Pessina , superintendent of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for Florence, Pistoia and Prato

Cecilie Hollberg , director of the Accademia Gallery in Florence

Natalia Parenko , director of the Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, Florence

Lucia Tonini , University of Pisa

Michail Talalay , Russian Academy of Sciences of Moscow

Grazia Gobbi Sica , president of the Amici degli Allori Association

Enrico Colle , superintendent of the Stibbert Museum

Anne Worontzoff , lay representative of the Russian Orthodox Church of Florence

"ARTISAN AND PALAZZO: MEMORIES OF RUSSIA IN FLORENCE" is supported by CR Firenze Foundation, Giusto Manetti Battiloro, The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, Savio Firmino, Richard Ginori, Ferragamo Foundation, Banca CR Firenze, Cologni Foundation of Art Professions in collaboration with Starhotels, Desinare, Riccardo Barthel, Life Beyond Tourism, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, National Committee for the Celebrations of 500 years after the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alitalia, Amanda Tours.

ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO also provides for the assignment of the " Perseo Award - Banca CR Firenze" to the exhibitor most appreciated by the public; and the Prize of the Organizing Committee for the most interesting stand that will win a free stand in the 2020 edition.

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16-17-18-19 May 2019

Open all day 10-20

Corsini Garden Via della Scala, 115 | Florence


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