The Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta: a photo essay by William Mercer McLeod


The Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta is a truly unique museum. Its curatorial ethic is unlike that of other museums; the MdB showcases the models – most often plaster models – for works by some of the great sculptors working in the last 60 years in Pietrasanta.

These models are an intermediary step in the process of sculpture. They are used by the artisans in the marble laboratories and bronze foundries to produce the final sculptures. The works are housed in the Chiostro of the Church/Museum of Sant’Agostino – the juxtaposition of the works makes for surprising contrasts… it is one of our favorite museums anywhere!

Visit the MdB’s official website for more information and a complete list of the works in its collection, linked here.

The Museo dei Bozzetti hosts guided tours and other family-friendly initiatives; they have a blog, which we link here, and it is free and open to the public.

The photos are by the San Francisco-based photographer William Mercer Mcleod, visit his website, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

Take a virtual tour of the Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta

“Le Voci del Mondo” – The Museo dei Bozzetti offers free guided tours this Saturday and Sunday

The Museo dei Bozzetti home of a great collection of artists’ models takes part in “Italy-France” Exhibition in Pietrasanta

Gustavo Velez donates the model for his “Hipercubicos” to the Museo dei Bozzetti, in Pietrasanta

Giuliano Vangi, master sculptor, donates a second plaster model to Pietrasanta’s Museo dei Bozzetti

Maquettes au Clair de Lune – Pietrasanta’s Museo dei Bozzetti offers an evening tour of its collection of plaster models as part of “La Notte dei Musei.”

Free guided tours and some special events take place at The Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta for the Settimana della Cultura this weekend

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