My husband and I just fell into this little workshop one day when we were wandering around Florence on foot. It was real serendipity because a few days earlier, we'd toured the Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure (also has reviews here on TripAdvisor). I'd definitely recommend doing the two sites in that order. It was really cool to see the historical pieces first and then get to see artists doing the exact same work today.
Just like the artists supported in centuries past by the Medici family, the artists here create and sell utterly amazing landscapes and other "paintings" made of inlaid stone. There is absolutely no pressure to buy anything; you can just wander about and look at the works on the wall and the works in progress.
One of the junior artists followed us about to answer our questions – as best he could, since we didn't speak Italian and he didn't speak English. One piece in the works is a copy of a Monet Waterlilies painting. He told us that it will take three artists six months to complete the piece! There was also a piece that was a copy the Libyan Sibyl from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling that he said took three years to complete! another thing that was cool was seeing a copy of one of the tables we'd seen at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. I pulled up the picture of the original on my camera to show my husband and the artist who was walking about with us proudly told me that he'd made the copy. (I got a picture of him with the piece!)
We probably spent about half an hour in the studio. No pressure to buy, no cost to enter. What a fun surprise!
We just loved walking around this little workshop and gallery. The artists' pri
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