"Italian Journey" project
Italian Journey is a project that aims to bring images of art, science and the history of mankind to the attention of a wide audience. Arbos proposes the reproduction of works of art in collaboration with leading museums and cultural organisations, as fragments of the past stamped with the identity of modern man. Fragments which are aimed at arousing interest and curiosity to seek out opportunities and places for a wider knowledge.
An unfamiliar Venice illustrated by Egle Renata Trincanato’s delicate drawings from the 1940s. The “Secret Venice” collection allows us to learn about buildings not on the mass tourist routes. The items in the collection are made of refined paper with an original cloud-like effect and decorated with drawings taken from the Trincanato Archives.
ORTO BOTANICO di Padova
A riotous feast of colours distinguishes the articles in the “Orto Botanico” collection, creating a lively yet romantic atmosphere. The covers in straw paper are embellished with a hand-crafted flower print, while the labels show details of botanical tables from the old 18th century “Codice Bonato” kept at the Botanical Gardens in Padua. Under license by the University of Padua.
The distinguishing feature of the Remondini range of products is the five refined papers with which they are covered. The decorations are facsimile reproductions of the originals taken from the “Catalogue of dyed papers” produced in the Remondini Printing Works in Bassano between the 17th and 18th century, at that time governed by the Republic of Venice. The Remondini family were extraordinary innovators both in production techniques and sales methods. They created the biggest printing company in Europe employing over 1,000 workers. Under licence of the Town Museum of Bassano del Grappa.
Made in conjunction with the Zucchi company museum, the historic Italian textiles company. The museum houses a unique collection, consisting of 56,000 printing blocks and 12,000 designs which trace the history of European textiles from the 18th to the 20th century. A priceless legacy of technical, artisan and artistic knowledge that never fails to amaze and thrill. The Zucchi Museum collection is guaranteed to stimulate interest, culture and creativity in today’s world. The collection offers items with covers in straw paper and a choice of five assorted designs reproduced from five period printing blocks.
The subjects of the range of items dedicated to Pinocchio, the most famous puppet in the world, are taken from the collection of original early twentieth-century prints kept in the “Civiche Raccolte d’Arte Achille Bertarelli” Museum, situated in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. The illustrations are said to be by Attili Mussino who created the first illustrated book about Collodi’s puppet in 1911. The warm shades of the recycled paper plus the soft outlines of the drawings bring back memories of the soothing, familiar atmosphere of our infancy.
CANOVA, LE TEMPERE
Antonio Canova (1757-1822), the greatest Italian Neoclassic artist left us highly evocative works of rare beauty, capable of reviving the fascination of ancient Greek statues. The sophisticated elegance of his tempera paintings has been given a new lease of life in the exquisite items crafted by Arbos under licence from the Plaster Cast Museum of Possagno, the town nestled in the rolling Trevisan hills where Canova was born.