Pinocchio in Certosa

From December, 5 to December, 20 – on the occasion of the launch of the new masterpiece by Tallone PublisherLe Avventure di Pinocchio – we are glad to host an exhibit to present this unique work, as well as the craft and passion that have made its making possible, right in the year of the fifth centenary year of the Charterhouse foundation and of Aldus Manutius’s death.

This new Pinocchio – in the integral original version according to the first edition of 1883 (the only one certainly edited and approved by the author) – is entirely hand-handled with 420.000 hand-engraved types, which took about 12 months of work to complete the 300 pages of the book. The work is produced in 7 print runs, six of which on papers of the highest artisan quality made in Pescia, a small town in Tuscany of which Collodi is a hamlet. The type chosen is the Garamond engraved by Henri Parmentier in 1910 and cast by Deberny et Peignot in Paris, as a homage to the inspirer of Claude Garamond’s typefaces, Aldus Manutius. In this edition, the 77 famous illustrations by Carlo Chiostri are accompanied by drawings and engravings inspired by various episodes of the tale and made by contemporary artists, such as Fulvio Testa, Luigi Stoisa, Stefano Faravelli, Ezio Gribaudo e Gianfranco Schialvino.

This exhibit wants to pay homage to the originality and innovation that Carlo Collodi has been able to bring in the field of children’s literature (and not only there), in  a place – the Charterhouse of Avigliana – that sees culture as the means to “awaken people’s consciousness”. The presentation of this work is accompanied by the will to promote a rare craft, whose complexity is little known and where history, handicraft, passion and attention to the text’s philology have been combined for generations to give birth to real works of art on paper. Besides, it is an occasion to value an excellence of our area, which operates a few kilometers away from Certosa1515 combining local dimension and international appeal.

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Inauguration: Saturday, December, 5 at 5.30 p.m.

Where: Certosa1515, via Sacra di San Michele 51, Avigliana (Turin)

Visiting hours:
Saturdays 2.30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays 9.30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.-5 p.m.
during the week upon reservation




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