Museo dei Bozzetti "Pierluigi Gherardi" - Città di Pietrasanta

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The Museum collection includes today more than 700 maquettes, models and drawings of sculptures realized by over 350 Italian and foreign artists. Between this artists there are the greatest sculptors of this and last century, that worked - now or in the past – in the craftsmen laboratories of the Versilia. The maquettes (in staircase reduced) and the models (in real dimensions) represent the original idea before the translation in finished work. Realized in different materials, but especially made in chalk, their dimensions vary from few centimetres to many meters. On some samples is well visible the indications that the artists left to the craftsmen for the realization of the work: numbers in pencil to point out the types of stone to use, or the plans of material to be raised from the block, nails plastered to use for the enlargement, coloured lines to underline the strength of curves and the course of forms, signs and marks left in the dreams of the artist.



In the Museum are collected maquettes by different artists, in some case an artist is creator of more than one model. These artist come from all over the world, and between them there are some of the most important sculptors of this century that have developed or still develop their artistic activity in the artisan laboratories of the Versilia.




Marble laboratories and foundries, mosaicists, modellers and enlargers of the apuo-versiliese area, where the artists that have a model in the museum have worked, or where the models or the sketches collected in the museum have been translated in work.




The works of which the Museum exposes the maquettes can be found in museums, private collections, parks and squares of all over the world. The Museum offers information and images that concern the translations in work of the exposed maquettes and models.




Events happened in the apuo-versiliese area related to the artists, to the laboratories and the models collected in the Museum. They are such as formative events, expositive reviews, contests and other.




The Museum is provided with a rich documentary file, both papery and computerized (the Documentart), that collects material about sculptors, laboratories and foundries and you can also consult many art volumes in the near Town Library. Volumes are related to the artists, to the laboratories, to the translations in work and to the models and sketches collected in the Museum.