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The woodwork in Umbria

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Woodwork has a long tradition rooted in the Renaissance, when Umbrian masters created extraordinary wooden works of art such as the choir of the Basilica di S. Pietro in Perugia, the stalls and the pulpit of the Collegio del Cambio in the same city, the choir of the Cattedrale di Todi or the surprising Studio of the Duke of Montefeltro, a creation originally installed in the Palazzo Ducale in Gubbio this is now exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The craftsmanship that led to the creation of these works has, over the centuries and generations, been handed down to Umbrian artisans and carpenters, who still stand out in the field of furniture restoration and production. One of the most significant cities from this point of view is undoubtedly Città di Castello, where the so-called ‘reproduction’ or ‘period’ furniture industry came to life in the 20th century. This technique has its roots in ancient tradition, where the main element is the recycling of recovered antique wood from period furniture to build new ‘reproduction’ pieces. Recently, local artisans have created a brand called “Vero Mobile in Stile altotiberino” (Authentic period furniture in Altotiberino Style) and every year in the same city, a ‘Mostra del mobile in stile e dell’artigianato’ (Exhibition of period and craft furniture) is held at the end of September where you can admire and – if you want – buy these little gems of artistry and manual dexterity.

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