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Museum of Plaster Figurines and Emigration

In Coreglia Antelminelli, 1,300 plaster works are on display

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Coreglia Antelminelli
SP38, 2, 55025 Coreglia Antelminelli LU, Italia

The Museum of Plaster Figurines and Emigration in Coreglia Antelminelli is dedicated to the local tradition of plaster production in the Valle del Serchio, which led to many “figurine makers” – experts in the creation of these famous statuettes – emigrating throughout the world. 

The museum boasts a collection of 1,300 pieces dating from the 1600s to today, documenting the evolution of the technique used for figurine-making, which over the centuries has changed colour, form and methods of creation. The pieces on display, of exquisite quality and deep historical and social significance, showcase the particular migratory phenomenon that was based on the production and traveling sales of the plaster figurines, which took place only in this area from the 16th to 20th centuries.

The pieces come mostly from the “Carlo Vanni” Scuola di Disegno e Plastica and from a donation by Remo Molinari (1883-1973), the descendent of an important family of figurine makers. Many private donors from Coreglia have also added to the collection over the years.

The museum also hosts records about the production of plaster, with a workshop and the display of a permanent nativity scene.

Info: comune.coreglia.lu.it

Coreglia Antelminelli
Coreglia Antelminelli is a mountain town in in the Serchio Valley, located in a splendid panoramic position with the Apennines at its back. The earliest mentions of the town date to the 10th century and attest to how this community has been tied to Lucca’s fortunes since its foundation. ...