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GOLD LEAF: DAVID OF THE MARINELLI FOUNDRY AT THE BARGELLO MUSEUM

In 2007 the Direction of the National Bargello Museum in Florence decided to restore the famous Renaissance bronze: the Donatello‚Äôs David. And chose to make the delicate work public by setting up the restoration site inside the large sculpture hall of the Museum (fig. 1-2-3). The patient cleaning work (fig. 4-5) has caused traces of…

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MICHELANGELO DIVINO ARTISTA MOSTRA CASA BUONARROTI CALCHI ORIGINALI FONDERIA ARTISTICA FERDINANDO MARINELLI FIRENZE

MICHELANGELO DIVINO ARTISTA

On display in the exhibition that will close on February 14, 2021, the positive plaster moulds of the Piet√† Bandini and the Angel holding candelabrum by Michelangelo. The plasters were taken from the negative casts that were made on the originals that the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry keeps in its plaster casts library, and were…

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UNESCO ICH

The Fountain of the Tritons, we restored, is a UNESCO ICH Symbol (Intangible Cultural Heritage) On March 7, 2017, the Maltese Parliament ratified the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, or ICH. Malta has recognised the importance of establishing consultative mechanisms to coordinate activities aimed at implementing the Convention and…

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COLUMBUS AWARD 2020 FOR ART TO MARINELLI FOUNDRY

This year the awards ceremony of the XXXIX edition of the Columbus Award organized by the Rotary Club Firenze Est was held on 12 October at the monumental complex of Santa Maria Novella. The important award was born in the immediate postwar period on the initiative of the Municipality with the aim of representing the…

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FLORENCE AND THE CASTING FROM THE ORIGINAL MOLDS

Massimiliano Soldani Benzi, a Florentine, in November 1703 wrote to Prince Johann Adam Andrea I of Liechtenstein: So much money is spent and so much blood is shed in the war, that one can much more willingly sacrifice some expenses, in works of this fate, which they serve for eternity. The prince had in fact…

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Il Decamerone in Fonderia

The foundry chief since the time of Ferdinando Marinelli Sr. founder of the homonymous Artistic Foundry, was Miniato Miniati (fig. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6) very special character. The work in the foundry for Miniato was a mission: he spent more time there than at home. Ferdinando Marinelli Sr. managed the Foundry in a…

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A new Flower for Ana Tzarev

After the realization of the three¬†replicas¬†of the¬†sculpture¬†‚ÄúBird of Paradise‚ÄĚ cast in¬†bronze¬†and painted in the colors and in the type of painting required, the Sculptor¬†Ana Tzarev¬†asked the Foundry Ferdinando Marinelli for the creation in bronze of another sculpture of the flower series, a giant poppy simply called ‚ÄúPoppy‚ÄĚ. It is a very complex job. One of…

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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY DONATION

The friends of Fonderia Marinelli, Susan and Ronald Welborn, have donated to the Texas Tech University, one of the largest university complexes in the State of Texas, four sculptures made from an original model by the Fonderia Artistica Ferdinando Marinelli: Apoxiomenos, Minerva Italica, Fiorenza e Poseidone.

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Dr. Eftimie’s Door

The American surgeon and artist, Dr. Liviu Eftimie, performed the sculpture of the door for his new villa in Laguna Beach (California), ordering the bronze casting at the Fonderia Artistica Ferdinando Marinelli. He personally supervised the various processing phases in the foundry, taking part in the work.

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ATTIS BY DONATELLO

The replica of the Attis by Donatello, identical to the original, requires long hours of work for the retouching of the wax and for the finishing and the chiseling of the bronze casting.

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