On 7 September 2017, on the occasion of the publication of the book “The Master's Touch: Essential Elements of Artisanal Excellence" (Marsilio Editori), the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship organises a panel discussion dedicated to fine craftsmanship and artisanal culture at the Somerset House in London. Professor Richard Sennett, the illustrious sociologist author of the book "The Craftsman", takes part in the panel.
A new revised, expanded and illustrated edition of the volume “Il valore del mestiere”, originally published in Italy in 2014, is now translated into English under the title “The Master's Touch".
This unprecedented research was developed by Alberto Cavalli, Executive Director of the Michelangelo Foundation, with Giuditta Comerci and Giovanna Marchello, researchers and curators of cultural projects. The book lays the grounds for a common language to define and assess the excellence of master artisans everywhere. Through systematic research and analysis of relevant regional and national legislations, the opinions of experts and of the general public and in-depth interviews with 22 European master artisans, the authors have identified 11 specific criteria for excellence and developed a corresponding assessment matix that can be refined with use over time.
The publication of "The Master's Touch" is part of the Michelangelo Foundation’s rich programme of events, which will include publishing, exhibitions, conferences, communication and educational projects.
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