As part of the project which led to the reproduction of De ludo scachorum (On the Game of Chess) by Luca Pacioli, Aboca Museum presents a series of bronze chessmen. The pieces were made based on the designs in a manuscript by the mathematician and friar from Sansepolcro. It is the ideal gift for enthusiasts of the game and its intellectual challenges.
Reinterpreted by the Italian-American artist Franco Alessandrini, the chess pieces have been made in sandblasted and browned bronze.
The Aboca project, an exploration of the profound bond between man and nature, includes reinforcing the culture and history of its region, Val Tiberina in Tuscany. The classic interest in medicinal plants is therefore aligned with the production of objects and volumes associated with Sansepolcro and the surrounding lands.
The chessmen are supplied in an elegant oak wallet.
Franco Alessandrini was born in Sansepolcro in 1944 and started to paint aged just twelve.
He received his training from the Florence school and has participated in many events and exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the world. He has received a great deal of recognition: in 1984 he was appointed a Knight of Merit of the Italian Republic by President Pertini.
During his life he became associated with all artistic genres: from carving to ceramics, from mosaics to frescoes.
Each series of chessmen is certified and numbered