Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lora Verhovsky in the Museum of Applied Arts

The Israeli artist Lora Verhovsky's exhibition of large-size artworks made of leather and suede in the Museum of Applied Arts was a success - with numerous articles in the press, and sincere appreciation from Muscovites and visitors to the Russian capital. Thus the exhibition "Revival" enjoyed no less popularity than in Israel, and at least one of the attractions was the technique - the so- called "leather intarsia".
For the Russian ear the term "intarsia" - though it sounds the same compared to other languages - is much less familiar: Russians use the word "incrustation" instead. In the West the word "intarsia" is used not only to describe decorated leather consumer goods such as belts, bags, gloves and the like. It is also applied to knitted decorated garments, and even to some music pieces, like, for example, Haflidi Hallgrimsson's "Intarsia: Six Movements for Wind Quintet" which he composed in 1991.
So, no doubt many Russian viewers resorted to dictionaries and the Internet to check the meaning of the word. Following woodwork in Ancient Egypt. Greece and Rome the application of wood incrustation reached its peak in the Renaissance, and by the 15th century Florence alone was proud to have more than 80 workshops dealing with mosaics in wood and stone (from Nattella Volskounski article in The Tretyakov Gallery )Передача о выставке коллекции уникальных картин Лоры Верховской, выполненных в коже и замше, в Российском Государственном Музее Декоративного искусства в Москве

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