Opened in 1962 just outside the old town centre of Pietrasanta, the Cervietti Franco & C. snc workshop was started by Danilo Cervietti, the father of Franco (the present owner), Moreno (Franco’s partner) and Sergio (self-employed sculptor). The workshop, now located in Via dello Statuario in Pietrasanta, is equipped for the traditional production of sculpture and houses one of the biggest galleries of plaster casts in Italy with centuries-old moulds including original casts belonging to Michelangelo, Canova and Bernini. In addition, there is a wide range of portraiture of poets, musicians, historical figures, some portraits of the most recent Popes and a number of statesmen. In addition to its partners, the workshop today employs a staff of about 10 people as moulding and casting workers, decorators, clothing carvers, and others. As well as reproducing classical statues and art and sacred art, the firm works with a number of contemporary artists at international level.
Danilo Cervietti began his apprenticeship at a very early age. He worked for some forty years in the most prestigious marble workshops, developing the skills which enabled him to open his own studio in 1962. He was soon joined by his son Franco and a group of master craftsmen with whom he had previously worked, including Francino Boggi, Francesco Benedetti and Marino Canali. More recently, Franco’s sons, Hayato and Hideki, have also joined the business.
The company specialises in the reproduction of classical and modern sculptures, with occasional incursions into sacred and funerary art., as well as undertaking commissions for portraits and marble and stone restoration work. Their pride and joy is one of the richest collections in Italy of works in plaster, some of which are hundreds of years old, including the original plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David, a large collection of portraits of poets, musicians, historical figures, recent Popes and numerous statesmen.
As the range of their work is rich and extensive, only a few significant examples are cited here.
The portraiture includes a copy of the bust of Lorenzo Viani by Arturo Martini; the portrait of Mario Tobino by the sculptor Marcello Tommasi. Works of religious art include a statue of Christ the Redeemer, some 2.5 metres high, which stands on the island of Guam. Classical statuary includes five copies of Michelangelo’s David in the original size (5.15 m), copies of Michelangelo’s Pietà and Antonio Canova’s Paolina Borghese. Nine life-size statues of deities from Greek mythology were reproduced in the Dutch Village in Nagasaki (Japan), along with a group of nine water lilies for a fountain.
Copies of two decorated columns, each 6 metres high, were made for the façade of Siena Cathedral (to replace the originals by Giovanni Pisano). A copy of the Perseus pedestal was placed in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, in place of Benvenuto Cellini’s original. A copy of Ghiberti’s San Matteo (5.13 m high) has left for Los Angeles. As regards modern sculpture, works have been produced for major contemporary sculptors, including: the monument for the new stadium in Trieste by Paolo Borghi (15 m high); Self Portrait and Bourgeois Bust by Jeff Koons; the Birth of Alenia by Igor Mitoraj; Pinocchio with the Cat and the Wolf from a model by Bruno Lucchesi for a private garden in Geneva; the Sail by Kenneth Winsor for the Royal Palace in Jordan; the Ambon by Giuliano Vangi, an 8-metre long stone relief for the new Church of Padre Pio (San Giovanni Rotondo) designed by Renzo Piano; the Altar (ambon) by Giuliano Vangi for Pisa Cathedral. They have also worked with many international artists, including: Fernando Botero, Jean-Michel Folon, Ivan Theimer, Jens-Flemming Sorensen, Niki de Saint Phalle, Emilio Ambron, Francesco Barbieri, Carmelo Cappello, Joseph Sheppard, Marina Karella, Novello Finotti, Luigi Ontani, Glenna Goodacre, Ben Vautier, Marc Quinn, Giuliano Vangi, Gina Lollobrigida, Wakita and Paolo Guiotto.
Activities: Sculpture, ornaments, restoration of stone and marble statues
Materials processed: Marble, granite and stones
Address: Parco Artigiani Pietrasanta
55045 Loc. Portone – Pietrasanta (LU)
Laboratory: Via dello Statuario, 14/16
55045 – Pietrasanta (LU)
Phone: +39 0584.790454
Fax: +39 0584.790925
Web site: www.cervietti.com
Partecipates in: CosMaVe – Artigianart – Confartigianato