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Antonio Aguatti Micromosaic of Beatrice Cenci

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    An incredible and rare Antonio Aguatti micromosaic brooch, circa 1800-1820, of Beatrice Cenci set in a high carat gold frame (micromosaic size: 2 5/16 x 1 7/8 in.). This attribution is confirmed by Jeannette Hanisee Gabriel, curator and author of Micromosaics, The Gilbert Collection, and another version of this piece is on page 233.

    This micromosaic is after a portrait (purportedly) of Beatrice Cenci in the Uffizi Palace, attributed to Guido Reni. Beatrice Cenci was a young Roman woman who, with her stepmother and brother, conspired to murder her father, Francisco Cenci (1549-98), a wealthy but cruel man. They succeeded in having him murdered in his bed and subsequently, all three were arrested, tortured and eventually executed. Beatrice was made famous by a number of literary works, including a tragedy by Shelley (The Cenci). An excellent review of the story is at this link:

    Antonio Aguatti (or Aquatti) was one of the most prominent micromosaic artists, working in the late 18th-early 19th century in Rome. Antonio Aguatti introduced two subtle refinements. He produced tesserae in shapes other than square or rectangular and by fusing glass threads of different colors he produced patterned tesserae called millefiori. Millefiori tesserae added a new dimension to micromosaics because they allowed more realistic representations of eyes, fur, feathers, petals and leaves. The finest micromosaics have around 1,400 tesserae per square inch and, at first glance, look like painted enamel.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Wow! Another marvel! Fine jewellery day!!!
    2. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 years ago
      This is the dream of every Micro Mosaic Collector as I'm!
    3. JeanetteGabriel JeanetteGabriel, 6 years ago
      I do not recall attributing this mosaic to Aguatti. If so, refresh my memory.
    4. Bluboi Bluboi, 6 years ago
      Hello Jeannette, I have a signed letter by you which came with this piece from the seller. If you provide your email, I would be happy to send a copy for your review.
    5. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      FANTASTIC this beautyful pendant and what a kraftmanship !
    6. JeanetteGabriel JeanetteGabriel, 4 years ago
      Oh yes, I remember it now!

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