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  While the Maniago area has been marked by the century-old tradition of knife makers, that has provided the necessary support to its industrial growth, Spilimbergo has had a similar experience in the field of mosaic creation, as the local Mosaic School has worked for decades at the highest levels, also obtaining important international orders. But Spilimbergo is first of all one of the most precious caskets in the Region whose treasures, both in the city and in the surrounding area, carry Pordenone’s and Pilacorte’s signatures. Giovanni Antonio de’ Sacchis – called Pordenone -, the greatest local Renaissance artist, left in Spilimbergo, Vacile, Travesio, Valeriano and Pinzano al Tagliamento most of his Friulian greatest works; and from his studio in Spilimbergo G.A. Pilacorte – the leading exponent among the Lombard stone cutters who moved to Friuli between the 1400s and 1500s introduced in the region an expressive language destined to leave its widespread mark in sculpture. In a territory landscape that was widely remodelled in the second half of the 20th century with the creation of several artificial lakes (Redona, 1951; Ca’ Zul e Selva, 1964), artists seems to have ventured everywhere, from Vito d’Asio to Tramonti di Sotto; great 18th-century Venetian artists as Piazzetta may be found with their works at Meduno, and even the karst phenomena showing in the green cave at Pradis have been recently involved in the unforgettable performance by a concept artist such as Jenny Holzer!



Images from Friuli Venezia Giulia