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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Pietre dure ("hard stones") describes inlay made from such brightly colored stones as lapis lazuli, agate, and jasper. Carefully cut, polished, and fitted together, these stones form intricate designs. Although practiced since antiquity, the art of pietre dure was revived during the late 1500s at the Medici workshop in Florence, which continues in operation today. In 1695, the sculptor and architect Giovanni Battista Foggini became director of the workshop and designed many pietre dure objects for Cosimo III de Medici to give as gifts to other members of the European nobility. Foggini's drawings for the floral panels on this jewelry box are in Florence at the Uffizi Gallery.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009