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Artisanal exhibitions

Bringing together a wealth of expertise, Artisans of Florence specialises in creating fascinating and authentic exhibitions that bring the work of the great artists to life for audiences around the world.

In Florence, Italy, in 1995, The Niccolai Group, consisting of da Vinci scholar Carlo Niccolai and his sons, worked in partnership with a group of noted academics – including the renowned da Vinci expert Professor Carlo Pedretti – to enrich the study of the great artists mechanics by creating a series of interactive models. These eventually found a home in the foundation of the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, in Florence.

Read more about the Museum of Leonard da Vinci here: www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/Leonardo-museum.html
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In 2005, the Niccolai Group joined forces with Italian-Australian physicist and educator Luigi Rizzo to found Artisans of Florence International – a company that aimed to develop a comprehensive series of high calibre interactive, cultural, art and science exhibitions for museums worldwide

The exhibition quickly became a hit, even being recognised by the Italian government in 2001, when the Niccolai family’s skill was awarded the special Italia che Lavora (Italy at Work) award. A few years later, in 2005, the Niccolai Group joined forces with Italian-Australian physicist and educator Luigi Rizzo to found Artisans of Florence International – a company that aimed to develop a comprehensive series of high calibre interactive, cultural, art and science exhibitions for museums worldwide. The new company set its sights on touring these exhibitions around the world, and has since become a recognised name throughout Europe.

Read more about the da Vinci Robotics exhibition: www.juliuscaesar.niccolaigroup.com/exhibitions#Robots
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“The Niccolai family are true artists and incredible engineers,” comments Manager of Travelling Exhibitions Tom Rizzo. “Through their tireless research we have uncovered the ‘blueprints’ of da Vinci’s robot and are proud to hold (as far as I know) the only patent on da Vinci technology in the world. Some of their other incredible discoveries include: the mechanism for a clockwork dragonfly and the details for da Vinci’s mechanical lion.”

Read more about the Michelangelo the Divine exhibition here: www.juliuscaesar.niccolaigroup.com/exhibitions#Michelangelo

The Niccolai family are true artists and incredible engineers. Through their tireless research we have uncovered the ‘blueprints’ of da Vinci’s robot.

Remaining a small, family business, today Artisans of Florence relies on a core group of around 12 individuals, as well as a vast network of partner organisations and collaborators, and have been responsible for a range of finely-crafted exhibitions that pay homage to the work of some of the greatest artists that have ever lived, including Michelangelo and da Vinci.

 

» Read our Q&A with Tom Rizzo, Manager of Travelling Exhibitions at Artisans of Florence here.