Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti
Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti
Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti
Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti
Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti
Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti
Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti

BIAGIO BARZOTTI (worked 1850-1899)

Italian micromosaic plaque of the Pope by Biagio Barzotti

c. 1880 Italy

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Biagio Barzotti (Italian, active late 19th Century), is one of the most acclaimed micromosaicists in history and this astonishingly detailed large micromosaic plaque is exemplary of his incredible talent. He worked in the late 19th Century as a mosaicist for the then-Pope, Leo XIII, as part of the 'Reverenda Fabbrica di San Pietro'. The lower left corner of the plaque bears marks, both for 'B. Barzotti' and for the 'R.F.S.P.'. Today many of Barzottis' works are kept as part of the collection of London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

This plaque, then, is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, depicting in staggering detail a courtyard scene, taking place on a hilltop overlooking the city of Rome, Italy. A large tree looms to the left of the picture, in the shadow of which the figure of Pope Leo XIII is shown. Four of the Pope's Cardinals are shown standing in front of him. These Cardinals have been identified as Mariano Rampolla (Italian, 1843-1913), Lucido Parocchi (Italian, 1833-1903), Lucien Bonaparte (French, 1828-1895), and Carlo Sacconi (Italian, 1808-1889). The other figures in the scene include members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, the soldiers responsible for defending the Pope.

The plaque is housed inside a gilt bronze frame.
The Gilbert Collection, Micromosaics by Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, pages 119-120 for two works by Barzotti including one depicting Pope Leo XIII inside St. Peter's Basilica
Dimensions
Height 27.00 cm (10.63 inches)
Width 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Depth 2.50 cm (0.98 inches)
Stock Code
15611
Medium
Micromosaic, ormolu
Signed/Inscribed
Signed to the lower left 'R.F.S.P. / B. Barzotti'
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