The beauty of Florence is that you can actually get lost among the tiny streets, discovering impeccable beauties that, most of the times, have experienced hundreds of years, like the workshop of Alessandro Dari. Just a little bit out of the center, once I was walking on Via San Niccolò, near Piazzale Michelangelo, I discovered a small workshop inside a wonderful palace of the XV century. Admiring magnificent building original from the Renaissance, this hidden laboratory kept my attention.
Alessandro Dari is a Florentine master of the art of gold-smithing as well as being a sculptor and a pharmacist. He made his first creation, a beautiful ring, when he was sixteen years old, just to prove his great skills also when he was very young. In his shop-museum, in the Nasi-Quaratesi palace, you can admire his collections of gold-smithing and appreciate the uniqueness of the jewels.
His work is based on an on-going spiritual quest of his personal experience that nourishes and stimulates the creation of his works. Since the Eighties, Dari has produced 900 pieces divided into collections that are inspired by Gothic, Castles, Music, Alchemy and Sacred Art. He was the first to combine anatomy and architecture in the world of contemporary jewellery. His works are on display at the Silver Museum in Florence. In 2003, he won the Perseo award for Best Artist of the town and, in 2006, he was mentioned as artist chosen by the Vatican. The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage awarded his lab in 2001 as a ‘Museum Workshop’. Last year, he began to run sculptural jewelry courses.
Don’t think he creates “just” jewels!
His creations range from little earrings to magnificent sculptures that doesn’t need to be worn necessarily.
This example of craftsmanship shows how this limitless field is, always experimenting something new, being updated, though its roots are so far away in the past.