The birth of Lombardy’s brick

In 1400, while visiting the Curti Kiln in Milan, Francesco Sforza made a discovery that revolutionized the way of decorating churches and palaces. Two centuries ago, the kiln was a community of workers who came from all parts of Lombardy and lived within the manufacturing site, with their accommodations and a small church for Sunday services. Today, the Curti family, kiln’s owners for over six centuries, will welcome and lead us through a maze of rooms, courtyards, stairs and buildings from various periods. We will assist to all phases of clay’s production and manufacturing, learning the characteristics that make cotto padano, the unique brick typical of this region. We will continue the visit in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, famous for its refectory, which hosts the “Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. Inside and outside the Church we will admire the terracotta decorations made by craftsmen of Curti Kiln.

At the end we can add a stopover to a Ceramic Art Center and Workshops to experiment with own hands the feeling  touching fresh clay and shaping it with various stock in trade.


Approved by Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

Photo courtesy: Fornace Curti

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by Elesta in collaboration with Shana Forlani
After working at museums in Madrid, Chicago, Venice and Turin, she founded Trend and Tradition to best show off the legacy of Italian artistic design abroad.

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