In Padua in the late Medieval period the presence of the Basilica of S. Antonio stimulated the development of a school of artisan silversmiths of unparalleled skill, capable of producing masterpieces such as the reliquary that contains Saint Anthony’s chin: a splendid specimen made from molten silver that has been embossed, chased, perforated and gilded.
Two driving forces of the Venetian Baroque silversmith culture emerged with the flourishing of the Baroque style In the eighteenth century: Angelo Scarabello and Sante Benato. In the nineteenth century the art of silversmithery adopted the neo-classical style and subsequently specialised in more eclectic tastes.
From the 1950s onwards many companies moved towards production at an industrial level, without losing the traditional touch of the products and their artisanal attention to detail. During the years of the economic boom, silversmith production in Padua underwent a period of considerable development, which is still taking its course today
Curator — Camera di Commercio di Padova
Curator — Lucia Minotto