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FIGURES AND MYTHS OF POPULAR CERAMICS

Collection of ancient ceramics, plates, bottles, mugs, flasks of popular culture.

An interesting collection of ancient popular ceramics, plates, bottles, jugs, flasks set up with the help of counters and period furniture and embellished with scientific contributions from experts who tell the uses and traditions of popular culture.
The iconographic repertoire of these objects ranges from anthropomorphic and zoomorphic motifs, focused on decorative details of human and animal figures, to the most classic floral decorative elements, up to the amusing dedicatory and greeting writings.
The popular pottery in its multiform expressions has fascinated, from the past centuries to today, for the symbols and profiles represented on it. On the regional artifacts we can gather signs that refer to concepts concerning the myth in its various representations, traits that affect the history of local traditions, indications that invest the religious ritual linked to figures of patron saints. And still aspects of nature: fruits, flowers, animals and landscapes that are closely linked to the needs of reality in which the artist worked. There is no shortage of symbols and figures from the noblest ceramics, naturally simplified and reinterpreted in a popular way. And so jugs, plates, vases, bottles and tiles, just to list some of them, are enriched, through the decoration, of added values ​​that make the brush strokes of the artist on the terracotta very significant.
A part of the popular ceramic collection is dedicated to dishes. In the past, the dish, always glazed and sometimes decorated, was often the object of a gift, especially among engaged couples: the young man ordered him to the “maiolicaro” and had the girl's name painted among the flowers. On the occasion of the wedding, sometimes large dishes were made, and in the center of the plate the names of the couple and the wedding date were marked, to pass on the memory of the event. Not infrequently the dish was used by street vendors as a measure to trade goods: a plate full of wheat, flour, beans served as a measure to pay for shoes, dishes, clothes.

Exhibitions realized:

  • Ascoli Piceno February 2009
  • Sarnano (MC) May 2012
  • L’Aquila January 2017
  • Foligno (PG) Primi d'Italia September 2009/2010

The exhibition is available for temporary exhibitions in Italy and in Europe. For more information contact us

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