At Pigmentti, we create bas-relief by sculpting onto walls, ceilings, furniture, panels and even doors.
Marmorino and Scagliola are the two materials that we work with. Both materials are very versatile and can be applied to create many textures, polished to natural finishes and deep sculptural details. With Marmorino engravings using the Graffito (scratching) technique can also be achieved.
Marmorino (slaked lime and crushed marble) can be used on exteriors and interiors and when it cures it returns to its original state of limestone rock making it a very durable material. Thanks to its antibacterial and breathability properties, it is the perfect material to be used in humid conditions, in particular bathrooms and swimming pools.
The origins of Marmorino started with the Greeks more than 5,000 years ago and became widespread in ancient Rome. It was then revived in the Renaissance in particular by the Veneto architect Andrea Palladio. It came to its full glory in the Venetian Baroque, Neo-Classicism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods
Scagliola (animal glue and Gyps Scagliola) is a very strong material, yet relatively light compared to Marmorino. Thanks to its malleable characteristics, it can be sculpted to achieve fine delicate details. This material doesn’t like humid conditions so it is to be used in interiors living spaces only.
Scagliola was first used around the first century BC, and its revival later came about in the Renaissance period as an effective substitute for costly marble inlays. The technique flourished in Europe in the Baroque and Rococo periods where exotic marble and lavish stone inlays were popular in interior design and bas-reliefs were a common design addition.
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