Friday, 20 March 2009

Carved Gems

Attributed to Solon - Head of Apollo carved in Amethyst with a gold mount (Early 1st Century A.D.)If you're one of those folks who think intaglio is a type of spaghetti, here's breaking news. Thanks to a new exhibition at The Getty Villa in Malibu - Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems -, I can now tell you the difference between intaglios and cameos. An intaglio is cut below the surface of a gemstone; a cameo is carved in relief to expose a different coloured layer of the stone, a technique new around 400 B.C. Click the title link for more information and beautiful examples of engraved gems. The exhibition continues until 7 September.


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