Renaissance Italienne


Dolce Gabbana pays a tribute to the Italian art of Maiolica with exquisite prints. “Maiolica, the refined, white-glazed pottery of the Italian Renaissance, was adapted to all objects that were traditionally ceramic, such as dishes, bowls, serving vessels, and jugs of all shapes and sizes.”

Smelling the bright scent of lemons while admiring the ravishing Italian majolicas

Majolica (Maiolica) is an Italian faience dating back to the Renaissance. “By the 13th century majolica ware was imported into Italy through the Isle of Majorca, headquarter of the trade between Spain and Italy. The Italians called it Maiolica, erroneously thinking it was made in Majorca”.
The stanniferous or lead glaze technical was borrowed to the Spanish  potters. As the ceramic paste is porous, it is covered with a glaze to which is added tin oxide (stanniferous faience). The porous paste can also be covered with a glaze composed of vitreous materials (silica) with an add of lead oxide (lead faience).

The Palio of Siena, Italy

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The Palio of Siena is the most famous celebration of the Sienese tradition. It is a famous horse race. Siena (city in Tuscany) is divided in 17 Contrade (districts) ; the inhabitants are very attached to their contrade. Each Contrade … Continue reading