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I want to tell you one of the best moments of my life: on May 30, 2018 I had the privilege of a private meeting with Pope Francis! A meeting at “Casa Santa Marta”, lasting 20 minutes, lived with great intensity and an amazing emotion.
The prestigious occasion was created following thanks to the pictures realyzed for the art film ‘Caravaggio, the soul and the blood’ produced by Sky and Magnitudo Film in collaboration with Vatican Media, which was a great success with the public and critics adds Sky art films dedicated to the great Italian artists known and admired all over the world such as “Raphael – The Prince of the Arts” and “Michelangelo – Infinity”, in October in the cinemas, which sees the collaboration of both Vatican Media that of the Vatican Museums. The Bottega Tifernate has worked in both projects, making copies of the paintings for fictional scenes.
I was able to explain to the Holy Father the pictography technique, how we work to build a creation, the effort we use to rediscover ancient techniques.
We talk in front of an canvas reproduction by Caravaggio, “The Vocation of St. Matthew” made for the wall of the hall of “Casa Santa Marta”.
The work was started in February and carried out with more painters to be on time with the expiration date. The processing took place through the use of techniques and materials used by the artist for the original.
We used the white lead to give the whites an unmatched brilliance (this substance repels the light more than any other color) and we have applied the blacks in several layers according to its way to make them even deeper.
Thanks to the precious availability of the managers of San Luigi dei Francesi, we were able to work inside the Cappella Contarelli, in front of the original painting:
first, a high definition photographic shoot was performed.
Then, during the painting process, it was possible to proceed with a detailed comparison of the copy and the original in the same lighting conditions.
This possibility, allowed us to verify not only the details and shapes but all the chromatic differences that were adjusted on the same place.
In this way, an exceptional result could be achieved and the picture, albeit in scale, allows you to enjoy the emotions you experience in front of a masterpiece of this magnitude.
Pope Francis has always had a predilection for Caravaggio, and in particular for the Vocation of St. Matthew, which he went to contemplate in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi ever since he was a cardinal in Rome. A framework that also contains the meaning of the “motto” he chose for his Pontificate:
“Miserando atque eligendo”.
I saw in the eyes of the Holy Father a wonder and a sincere joy in admiring this unexpected gift:
his simplicity, the charisma he emanates, left me a great gift, a deep enrichment that has changed me, forever …
… and a feeling that my studies, the sacrifices and the experiences lived with Francesca, Romolo and all our team working in order to recreate in the most scientific way possible any work of art, have reached the pinnacle of recognition …
The Pope who has at his disposal the greatest masterpieces that humanity has ever known, wanted to possess a painting located in a place from which it is difficult to move it. The only way to taste the emotion and the amazement that it arouses, was to have a copy but not a simply copy of it:
it must evoke the emotion one feels in front of the original: it had to be recreated working on the meaning that the artist wanted to communicate to the spectator.
This shows us that the recovery of artistic memory makes sense: recreating a work that could be stolen or disappear due to exceptional events, has a high cultural value but also historical and artistic value. When I began my studies in 1990, nobody thought to the usefulness of pictography technique but today, we have numerous examples that can testify to the opposite. We will continue on the path taken with one more reason in the heart to believe that reason it is just the right one.
Link agli articoli e video:
Il Mio Papa
Vatican Insider Vaticano
SIR Servizio Informazione Religiosa
Il Profumo della Dolce Vita
Primo Piano Notizie
Primo Piano Notizie congratulazioni Sindaco
Yesterday, 30 May 2018, I lived one of the most beautiful moments of my life: I had the privilege of a private meeting with Pope Francis! A meeting in Casa Santa Marta, which lasted 20 minutes experienced with great intensity and great emotion.
The prestigious opportunity has been possible thanks to the film-documentary ‘Caravaggio, the soul and the blood’ produced by Sky and Magnitudo Film in collaboration with Vatican Media, which has been a great success of public and critics and that adds to the strand of film of art that Sky dedicated to the great Italian artists known and admired all over the world, such as “Raphael – the Prince of The Arts” and “Michelangelo – Infinity”, on the October, 2018 in cinemas, that sees the collaboration of the Vatican Media, Vatican Museums. The Bottega Tifernate has participated in both projects, making copies of the paintings to the scenes of fiction.
I have been able to explain to the Holy Father the pictography technique, as we work to build a painting, the effort it takes to rediscover ancient techniques that today are lost.
All this in front of a reproduction in pictography oil on canvas, from Caravaggio “The calling of St. Matthew”, made for the hall of Casa Santa Marta.
The work was started in February and carried forward to more hands to be punctual with the appointment. The processing took place through the use of techniques and materials used by the artist for the original.
We have used “biacca” for the whites colors to give the whites a
shine without equal (this substance repels light more than any other colors), and we applied the black to the multiple layers according to his own way to works, to make them even more deeply.
Thanks to the availability from the part of the leaders of St. Louis of the French, we were able to work within the Contarelli Chapel, in front of the painting.
For the first thing we take an high definition photos.
Then, in the painting phase, we were able to proceed with an in-depth comparison of the copy with the original in the same light conditions.
This allowed us to check not only the details and shapes, but above all the color differences that have been adjusted directly in front of the real Caravaggio.
In this way, we obtained an exceptional result, and the picture, also if 3x smaller, can communicate enjoy and emotions that you can feel in front of a Masterpiece.
Pope Francis has always had a fondness for Caravaggio, and in particular the calling of St. Matthew, that he was going to contemplate in the Church of St. Louis of the French since the Cardinal was in Rome. A framework that also encompasses the meaning of the motto he has chosen for his Pontificate:
“Miserando atque eligendo”.
I saw in the eyes of the Holy Father to a sense of wonder, and a sincere joy in admiring this unexpected gift:
the simplicity of it, the charisma that emanates, have left me a great gift, an enrichment of the deep changes you, forever…
…and a feeling that my studies, the sacrifices and the experiences lived with Francesca, and Romulus and all of our team working in order to re-create it in a more scientific can any work of art, have reached the pinnacle of recognition…
The Pope that has available the greatest Masterpieces that humankind has ever known, wanted to own a painting located in a home from which it is difficult to move. The only way to experience the excitement and the awe that it inspires, was to have a copy but not a copy of any:
doveve elicit the emotion that you feel in front of the original: it had to be recreated by working on the meaning that the artist wanted to communicate to the viewer.
This indicates to us that the recovery of the memory art has a meaning: re-create a work that could be stolen or disappear as a result of exceptional events, has a high cultural value but also historical and artistic heritage.
When I began my studies in 1990, no one thought to the utility of the pictografia but today, we have many examples that can testify to the contrary.
We will continue our studies and now we are sure that the road taken is the right one.
I’m glad to introduce myself,
My name is Stefano Lazzari and since 1990 I’m living art as a profession as well as a passion.
In that year, i decided to study a special technique that would help me to recreate a fresco, a canvas or a wood panel at the same of the original paintings
I am the owner of the Bottega Tifernate with my sister Francesca and my father Romolo.
With them I study and apply the techniques of the ancient “bottega”, in Umbria, a land of many artistic testimonies.
My work leads me to travel and get to know the greatest masters of the past.
Together with my team I recreate frescoes, canvases and wood panels applying the same process performed for the original.
We can achieve everything from Roman art to the present day without limits.
In my free time I realize paintings inspired by all what happens around us.
In this Magazine, I want to share my life, made of emotions, meetings and discoveries, linked to the most beautiful period that Italy has left us: the Renaissance.
Let’s start together a “journey” that will lead us to know, deepen, share and discuss painters, exhibitions, news and special paintings: in short, all those things that happen to us and that happened to us with a special look at everything that moves around the world of art.
See you soon!
On Monday 2 April 2018 at 11.45 pm “The hidden Cathedral”, the special of Rai1, was broadcast. The special events by the journaslist Osvaldo Bevilacqua inside the St. Peter Cathedral tells what millions of tourists and pilgrims can not see. With the guidance of Cardinal Comastri – General Vicar of His Holiness for the Vatican City – we will discover the work of the thousands of artists, artisans and workers who have made unique the most important Church of Christianity. And also the role of women, unknown for centuries. “The Hidden Cathedral” is a special by Osvaldo Bevilacqua and Paola Miletich, directed by Gian Marco Mori, executive producer Eleonora Iannelli. In this special, the “Allegrezze” will be explained, a lunch organized by the workers who were building the Dome of the San Peter Cathedral on the direction of Michelangelo, every time they finished a job. My team and I were called for to create a painting that could illustrate this event. Behind the supervision of mr. Pietro Zander (Fabbrica di San Pietro), we first made a sketch then we execute the painting.
SEE THE MOVIE “LA BASILICA NASCOSTA”
Here the testimoniance of Antonio da Sangallo Younger (1484-1546) writes about the Allegrezza of 30 November 1544 which took place in the Lock of the Grand Vault (vault of the main nave behind the “partition wall”):
- 4 barrels of “Grecho wine” (about 230 liters);”Macaroni and lasagne”;
- 54 kilos of cow’s meat;
- 8 of veal from calf;
- Sausages, liver and cerebellum (from master Francesco “macelaro in borgo”);
- Also chickens, thrushes and pigeons;
- 5 kilos of pecorino cheese “to be put on macaroni”;
- Other cheese, fruit and, of course, bread;
- Loan of plates and glasses (including the charge of those who broke);
- 80 “baiocchi” (money) given to the cook for cooking.
Michelangelo arranged over the vaults of the basilica, almost 50 meters high, as many as six “end-of-work” lunches to celebrate with his workers the happy conclusion of the work under his direction.
The lunches included a variety of dishes, mostly based on pork, although there are references to dozens of pounds of “lasagna”, “pecorino romano”, “salsicioni bologniesi”, with vegetables, fruit and various cheeses, all washed down by many liters of wine. On December 23rd, 1550, he gave his workers two dozen Basques.
Also thanks to contribution by Sangallo, we have been able to bring into painting a fairly faithful representation of what happened more than 500 years ago!
- Platform.ly, the software I use to send mail 30 November 2019
- Filippo Lippi, The Virgin with child 29 October 2018
- The “Tondo Doni” painted by the Bottega Tifernate 15 October 2018
- At the Uffizi Gallery, 43 drawings by Soldani Benzi, the last artist of the Medici 30 August 2018
- The short movie made by Sky about the painting by “Caravaggio” for Pope Francis 6 July 2018