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A city of ceramics with a very important Museum of ceramics: we are in Montelupo Fiorentino, just 30 minutes from Florence.

monelupo salaThe Museum of Ceramics, located in a building dating to the 30s, is organized according to modern museological criteria and houses the numerous finds made since 1973, which have helped to piece together the fundamental phases in the history of the local manufacturies.
That history began at the end of the 13th century, with the most ancient majolicas decorated in green and brown. Between the 14th and 15th centuries ceramic art became more refined, drawing inspiration from important Islamic and Hispanic-Moorish traditions, and making considerable use of damask, a blue pigment obtained from cobalt hydroxide, for the decoration.
Towards the end of the 15th century the old models began to be superseded and the ceramics of Montelupo acquired a distinct style of its own, with realistic decorations depicting complex scenes and an extensive use of polychromy. Some famous works date to this period, such as the hand basin known as the Rosso di Montelupo ( Montelupo Red). During the 16th century the great aristocratic Florentine families would order entire dinner services from the craftsmen of Montelupo
The fame of this majolica ware stretched well beyond Tuscany, with orders coming from the European courts as well. 

The Museum exhibits cover the whole history of ceramics in Montelupo, from its early beginnings to the decline of the industry in the first decades of the 17th century. Around 5,500 works are on display, 400 of which have never been shown before.

The Museum of Ceramics is in Piazza Vittorio Veneto 8/10, at Montelupo Fiorentino.

The web site is 

Published: 27/11/2017

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