At the end of the fifties, Angelo Mangiarotti, master of Italian design of the 1900, drew a luxurious table with clear and minimal outlines and to produce it, he made use of the best mastery of art of that time in Milan: Fonderia Artistica Battaglia.
Roberto Baciocchi is among the international founders of the architectural interpretation of commercial premises in the luxury field. His activity, world-wide acknowledged and recognizable, is characterized by innovation – yet in full compliance with the standards and the DNA of the brands it refers to – and by the attention to and respect for the historical, architectural and social context of the environments, buildings and countries he works in. The research and development of every single piece of furniture, the conception of the show-windows, the lighting and a specific care for the details are further prerogatives of all of his projects.
Fonderia Artistica Battaglia was established in 1913 by three founding members: Ercole Battaglia, Giulio Pogliani and Riccardo Frigerio. Ever since its foundation, Battaglia manufactured artistic bronzes by lost-wax casting, a technique based on pouring moulted metal into the hollow core left by melted wax. The wax model (positive) is made using a silicone mould that reproduces a precise and detailed copy of the original artist’s model. The spurted wax model disappears when placed in special hot ovens to dry out the mould. This method guarantees the most detailed and refined surfaces textures. Throughout the years, Battaglia has casted works by artists such as Arturo Martini, Francesco Messina, Ludovico Pogliani, Marino Marini, Giacomo Manzù and, after the Second World War, Luciano Minguzzi, Giò and Arnaldo Pomodoro, Lucio Fontana. Among the many renowned artworks produced by Battaglia are the majestic bronze gate of the Duomo di Milano by Giannino Castiglioni; the statue of the Madonna della Guardia by Narciso Cassino (one of the largest casts at that time, 14m high) and the gate of the Duomo di Siena (1958) by Enrico Manfrini. Yet Battaglia’s most famous artworks, the ones for which it will always be remembered by future generations to come, are RAI’s horse by Francesco Messina (1961); the copies of the Byzantine’s Horses above the Basilica di San Marco in Venice; Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Spheres in the Vatican’s Cortile della Pigna and the Sphere outside the ONU’s headquarters in New York; Floriano Bodini’s monument “The Göttingen Seven” in Hannover and his renowned “Holy Door” of the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano for the 2000 Jubilee in Rome. Among other artists, Battaglia is currently in collaboration with Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Francesco Arena, Kengiro Azuma, Giacomo Benevelli, Giuseppe Penone, Benedetto Pietrogrande, Michel Saint Olive, Abdullah Selim, Nico Vascellari, Serena Vestrucci, Vihls, Velasco Vitali, Peter Wächtler. Since 2013, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia has researched into a variety of surface finishes and possible patinas for bronze. Battaglia catalogued over 150 different chromatic reactions thus generating one of the most important archives for patinas in the world. The foundry’s Department of Scientific Restoration and Conservation is under the direction of a restorer graduated at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. It allows the preservation and study of both ancient and modern bronze sculptures. In 2014 Fonderia Artistica Battaglia begun an experimental project involving some of the most important professionals of the contemporary art design scene.
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