Look up to the starry sky of this midsummer night and wish upon a star…
How many times have you dreamt with eyes open admiring the celestial heavens? How many artists, poets and philosophers have been inspired by the stars?
“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me“. The philosopher Immanuel Kant and the artist Maurizio Carbone (Art&Decor) help us to find out the infinite beauty of the astonishing and awe-inspiring starry skies.
Before the Kant’s birth, between 1615 and 1617, the brotherhood of the ceramic artists of Castelli (Abruzzo, Italia) made a ceramic ceiling inside the Church of San Donato described by Carlo Levi as “the Sistine Chapel of Italian majolica“. The ceramic artists of Castelli made almost 800 bricks (or pianelle) in all! Every hand-made and hand-painted pianella (brick) shows a different element as the sun with snake-shaped rays.
The great artistic value of these handmade products has been renowned in all the European continent since the 16th century. From this time on, the great request for items by the main European courts – makes the Castelli majolicas as the most popular and desired. And today? Even today, the old Castelli ceramic tradition distinguishes itself because of the unaltered continuation of these secular and original production processes, as you can easily see through the artist Maurizio Carbone‘s work.
The stars, the sun…and the moon? The artist Maurizio Carbone has celebrated the moon in many ways…
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Every time I admire the perfection of these extraordinary one-off handmade pieces, I experience an increasing admiration and awe.
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