The works

A journey through time in search of
Italy's immense artistic and cultural heritage, that of Arts of Italy,
the innovative OVS project which aims at
fostering awareness for the protection and promotion of our country's artistic legacy.
Discover the works involved in the project, photographed by Giorgia Benazzo.

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna

The vault

The embroidered pattern consisting of concentric circles is inspired by the rose of the facade of the Church of St Peter, a Romanesque Church in Tuscania, in the province of Viterbo. The three-level circular decoration, which symbolises the Holy Trinity, culminates in the centre with the elegant form of a flower with twelve petals and is outlined, at the corners, by the allegorical figures of the four evangelists.

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Salerno Cathedral, Salerno

The mosaics

Marble in brilliant colours decorate the geometric carvings and the round patterns and woven bands of the mosaics of Salerno Cathedral, one of the most important medieval monuments in Campania. The rich decorations, consisting of multi-coloured marble carvings, are the work of the masters of the Cosmatesque school, active in central and southern Italy in the XII century.

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Domus del Mito, Pesaro and Urbino

Mosaics

A majestic mosaic spans the floor in the “Domus of the Myth” of Sant’Angelo in Vado, in the province of Urbino. It is composed of thousands of tesserae that depict allegorical figures, hunting scenes and mythological subjects decorated with multi-coloured patterns. Built between the I and II centuries A.D., the domus is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last 50 years.

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St Peter’s Church, Tuscania, Viterbo

Rose window

The embroidered pattern consisting of concentric circles is inspired by the rose of the facade of the Church of St Peter, a Romanesque Church in Tuscania, in the province of Viterbo. The three-level circular decoration, which symbolises the Holy Trinity, culminates in the centre with the elegant form of a flower with twelve petals and is outlined, at the corners, by the allegorical figures of the four evangelists.

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The Roman villa of Piazza della Vittoria, Palermo

The Mosaic of the Seasons

The triumphant figure of Neptune, god of the seas, stands out in the splendid mosaic of the seasons found in the Roman domus of villa Bonanno, in Palermo, and now preserved in the A. Salinas Archaeological Museum. The bust of the God, together with other allegorical portrayals, is enclosed in an octagonal panel decorated at the edges with a refined ornamental pattern featuring a double weave.

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Roman villa in Russi, Ravenna

The floor mosaics

A black and white diamond and star-shaped geometric pattern resembling a large chess board decorates the mosaics on the floor of the tablinum, the reception room in the Roman villa in Russi, Ravenna. Spanning a surface area of approximately 8,000 square metres, the structure, rediscovered during an archaeological dig in the late Thirties, is one of the largest and most important Roman villas in northern Italy.

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Church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Rome

The dome

An unusual perimeter of straight lines and curves forms the base of the dome in the church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, in Rome, designed by the creative genius of Francesco Borromini in 1642. Its structure, with its complex geometries, is built upwards, creating an ideal skyward pathway that culminates in a perfect bright and starry circle, the symbol of divine knowledge.

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Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome

The floor mosaics

Enamels, gold and marble tesserae adorn the splendid mosaics in the Romanesque Basilica of St. Mary in Cosmedin in Rome. The flowers, decorated with tiles made of various materials, create patterns of brilliant colours evoking floral embroideries and geometric shapes, in line with the Cosmatesque decorative style of the XII century.

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Roman house of Spoleto, Spoleto

Floor mosaic

Concentric squares, rhombuses, triangles and octagons characterise the precise decorative patterns on the floor mosaics of the Roman domus of Spoleto, which dates back to the I century A.D. The building, attributed to the mother of the emperor Vespasian, and discovered in 1885, has preserved an original floor, dominated by an elegant contrast of black and white tesserae.

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Doge’s Palace, Venice

The Giants’ Staircase

The monumental Giants’ Staircase of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, built at the end of the 15th century, links the courtyard to the inner loggia and the location where the Doge was crowned. Its name derives from the majestic statues of Mars and Neptune, placed at the end of the stairway as symbols of the city’s rule over land and seas.

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Curator of the project, research works and content drafting by Davide Rampello, Greta Carandini and Tania Di Bernardo.

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