The event arranged at the International Museum of Ceramics, supported and promoted by the “Cassa di Risparmio in Ascoli Piceno” under the care of Vincenzo de Pompeis, Director of the Museum of Ceramics in Castelli, coordinated by CIVITA, represents the second seat of a travelling exhibition that opened in Ascoli Piceno, Museum of Ceramics, and will close in Rome at the “Musei Capitolin”.
The exhibition is originated by the passion of many scholars who use to collects precious ceramics in Compendiario style and by the rich tradition of white majolica, starting from the production in Ascoli in Matricardi Manufacture and considering the whole European production.
Gaetano Ballardini, founder of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, was the first scholar using the term “Compendiario” to indicate a kind of painting typical of the Imperial Rome, executed through light touches of brush that created essential and refined decorations.
The exhibition starts from an introductory section about the style and about the revolutionary production of the "Bianchi" and follows with the representation of different areas of production: from Faenza, the first and more ancient centre of production, to Trentino, Lombardy, Veneto, Liguria, Marche, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzi, Puglia, Campania, Calabria, Molise, Basilicata, Sicily and Sardinia. Beside works created by well-known work-shops and artists, there are minor works, but useful to document the capillary diffusion of the "Bianchi" in Italy.