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Thursday 02/22/2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Museo Italo Americano


This lecture, by Larry French, a writer, photographer and a former vice president of both the French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels and the Italian, Gianmaria Buccellati, using a series of colorful images and personal stories, tells the story of one of the most brilliant and creative Goldsmiths of our time. It highlights many of his creations, some so highly respected that they are have been displayed in many of the world’s great art museums.  Gianmaria Buccellati put far greater value on creativity and craftsmanship than carat weight or countless number of stones. Therefore the lecture also touches on the various techniques used to create his most extraordinary pieces, from the “Honeycomb” or “Tulle” lacework to the varied and intricate engraving styles. Many elements influenced his designs, from the Renaissance to the Baroque to the Rococo periods and perhaps, most of all, nature, and these are all discussed in the lecture. Larry French has traveled to many places in the world with Gianmaria Buccellati, often with interesting experiences, and several of these trips are discussed. The lecture ends with images of a great series of cups, boxes and other objects of art which Gianmaria created, not to sell, but as a celebration of the art of the goldsmith. Many of these objects are now on display at the famed Pitti Palace museum in Florence, Italy

A reception will follow the lecture.

Free Admission
RSVP online (below) or to 415.673.2200 or info@sfmuseo.org




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