Roberto Grieco Italian Micromosaic Panel, Don Abbondia & Don Rodrigo's Thugs
Very large Italian micromosaic panel depicting the scene of the meeting between Don Abbondia & Don Rodrigo's thugs. Attributed to Roberto Grieco. Measuring 59 x 45 inches.
Roberto spent 25 years in the Vatican Mosaic Studio. He specialises in the traditional Roman craft of micromosaic. Born close to the Vatican, he became fascinated by the mosaics of the St. Peter’s Cathedral at an early age and he ended up spending 25 years in the Vatican Mosaic Studio, becoming one of the few master artisans in Europe specialised in the ancient craft of micromosaic. In his Roman atelier, he uses microscopic tiles to create unique pieces - painting-like scenes or accessories such as cufflinks or watches - inspired by the gifts and souvenirs that the 18th century aristocrats used to bring back from Rome to their countries after their Grand Tour.
On page 146 of "Micromosaici Romani" (Roman Micromosaic) by Roberto Grieco. we find 2 photos of a large mosaic. According to this book: "Picture with Meeting between Don Abbondia and Don Rodrigo's thugs. Cut enamel mosaic, iron support. Vatican Mosaic Studio, early 20th century. Private collection. The picture portrays an episode from the book, The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873)."
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