The magnificent words of Guido Rinaldi, art critic and Academician of Merit of the Accademia dei "500", who has thoroughly studied the art applied to ceramics by Antonino Piscitello, express all his admiration for this majolica artist.
Antonino Piscitello, with his family, is the only family of ceramists active after approximately "330" years, in the land of Sicily.
In fact, the history of the Piscitello family has its roots in the 16th century, in Naples, with one of the most prestigious factories of that period. At the end of the 16th century. the Piscitello family established one of the most significant majolica tile factories in Sicily.
The Antonino Piscitello ceramics factory has always been inspired by the workshops that made Italy great in the Renaissance, focusing on an intelligence of the hands that becomes culture. Thus, in the color workshop, where the various shades are prepared, history is coupled with alchemy, because the various shades of blue go hand in hand with the evolution of glazed terracotta, and mathematics and chemistry serve to count the molecules of the glazes. In that of clay and terracotta, science is applied to materials, the history of art to dishes and furnishing objects, and styles have to do with literature, mathematics with the age of the clay material, or the mixing of metal oxides, to create splendor and beauty. Together I work and study, between theory and practice. All without saving technology.
In 1683 the first contact with the Duke of Camastra for a stable presence of the factory in Santo Stefano di Camastra, a town which in that period was organizing its historic reconstruction.
In the 18th century the Piscitello factory brand is present in many Sicilian noble homes and in particular a member of the family, Rosario Piscitello with his brothers, gave a great boost to the factory's industrial activity, as demonstrated by the historical finds and the discovery of numerous tiles finely crafted majolica tiles in many Sicilian churches.
In modern times, Prof. Mario Columba, dean of the engineering faculty of the University of Palermo, collector and expert in historical ceramics, with his collaborators brought to light many tiles from the Piscitello family in the depths of Lipari, demonstrating the fact that most of the commercial activity of that period took place throughout the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Sea.
The production of Piscitello over the various years has diversified based on market demand which, with the changing economy, required product diversification.
Due to its originality in design and composition, the Piscitello majolica tile was not only appreciated in Sicily (in the most beautiful noble houses of the Sicilian aristocracy) but was placed on the market throughout the Mediterranean basin.
As the years passed with the transformation of the economic and social reality of the island, it was deemed appropriate to diversify production, adding to the historic production of tiles also that of jars, which satisfied a market of rich and large landowners, the whose oil production was at that time an important item in the economic chapter for Sicily.
It's in the 20th century. that the Piscitellos achieved international fame for the quality of the product which became a true art object reaching international markets.
Immediately after the end of the Second World War, with the return of Antonino Piscitello from imprisonment in the Nazi camps, the Premiata Fabbrica D'arte Antonino Piscitello moved to the current factory located in Via Nazionale 110, where one of the strongest production of dishes began , to satisfy the Sicilian market which made considerable demand for it.
From this moment on, Antonino Piscitello's factory became an artistic circle where the greatest Italian artists met to create new pictorial experiments on ceramics.
It is in this period that a collaboration began between Antonino Piscitello and the greatest artists such as Bianchi and Rosati of the Brera school (MI); of the school of Faenza the great prof. Biangini; of the Palermo school, prof. De Lisi and finally the collaboration that lasted for years with prof. Boncompagni, known when Antonino Piscitello attended the Art Institute.
Precisely from this great and creative collaboration of such illustrious artists, the lines, colors and designs that characterize the art of the Piscitellos are created. With Antonino Piscitello, the ceramics of S. Stefano di Camastra impose their international importance, for their ability to present themselves at all the market exhibitions of the most important capitals of the world and always receiving commendable recognition from art critics.
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