The Flemish painter Giusto Utens created in 1599 this series of lunettes of the Medici villas built around Florence with the intention of celebrating the Medici family. He made twelve of which we propose five of the most interesting. Contrary to the other maps we propose, these are not exact reproductions of the originals, but a free interpretation that translates the paintings made by Utens into the press through the press.
Made with the copper engraving technique, it consists of several sheets mounted on “detachable canvas” in order to improve conservation, facilitate readability and facilitate transport. There were various difficulties that the engravers of past centuries encountered in preparing the matrices with the engraving method. The execution times were very long and the work performed was not susceptible to corrections. Furthermore, the number of copies that could be made was limited, since the plates of wood first and then copper, subjected to repeated crushing of the press, tended to deteriorate rapidly.
The support on which the image is transferred is made from 100% pure cotton paper found at an ancient paper mill, which was already in operation when this work first saw the light. In order to recreate that charm that the works of the past know how to instill, the sheets manually and individually undergo an aging process based on strictly vegetable substances. This is followed by the anchoring of the paper on canvas, also in pure raw cotton, which undergoes, like the paper support, a skilful work of aging. The watercolor coloring gives the subject a polychrome vision of undoubted scenic effect. All this in order to create a product that, both for the materials used and for the technique used, recovers the beauty and historical-cultural value of the original.