Pietre Dure Plaque by Alberto Menegatti

  • This exceptional pietre dure plaque is the work of Alberto Menegatti
  • The charming neoclassical scene depicts a young man decorating an amphora vase
  • The artist uses the natural inclusions of stone to create texture and shadow
  • It is a stunning example of this difficult and highly collectible art form
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Item No. 31-0257

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A young man clad in classical robes paints an amphora vase as an attractive admirer observes him in this magnificent pietre dure plaque by Florentine artisan Alberto Menegatti. The work is emblematic of the charming scenes of rural life that were favored by Italian pietre dure artists. The superlative quality and beauty of the stone specimens utilized to create the composition distinguish this piece, and the artist’s ingenious use of the natural striations and inclusions in his stones allows him to convey texture and shadow to brilliant effect.

The art of pietre dure developed from the ancient art of opus sectile, where materials were cut and inlaid into walls and floors to form a decorative pattern. The meticulous technique requires that fine marbles and stones be carefully and artfully inlaid into a stone base. Both expensive and time-consuming, the art of pietre dure requires not only precious materials but also highly skilled craftsmen. As a result, true marble and stone examples such as this are very rare and highly collectible.

This work is featured on page 207 of Anna Maria Massinelli’s book, Painting in Stone.

Signed "A. Menegatti" (upper right)

Early 20th century

Plaque: 19 7/8" high x 14 1/8" wide
Frame: 24" high x 17 7/8" wide
Pietre Dure Plaque by Alberto Menegatti
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: Italy
Type: Other Fine Art
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 17.88 Inches
Height: 24.0 Inches
Canvas Width: 14.125 Inches
Canvas Height: 19.875 Inches
Pietre Dure Plaque by Alberto Menegatti
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