Pietra Dura Colored Marbles

Pietra Dura, the intricate inlay technique using beautifully cut and fitted colored marbles. These gem carved works of art first appeared in Rome in the 16th century. They are impressive and inspiring at all scales, from small jewelry boxes to table tops and large-scale floor coverings.

“ I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi- protectionist attitude, to prevent 'bad' information from invading and suffocating the 'good'. Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."

Philosopher Michel Foucault