The term "artisan" is often thrown around today, used to describe a careful, detail-oriented attitude toward the process of making a physical object. While this quality often does represent artisans, this superficial understanding of the word neglects its actual definition: "A person who does skilled work with his or her hands" (Cambridge Academic Dictionary). The inherently handmade nature of artisan techniques sets these skilled craftsmen apart from both designers and many artists, no matter how good they may be.
Artisans are in a class of their own. In relying on their innate ability as well as their knowledge of materials, tools, and techniques, they represent the creative triumph of mankind over the physical world. The most respected of these talented few are masters at their craft, deemed by their communities as having reached the pinnacle of their trade and able to not only practice their professions, but teach them to the next generation. Our community of artisans is comprised entirely of master artisans. In Italy, where they are based, such a title is bestowed officially by local governance and a community of peers. This formality assures the quality and continuity of artistic traditions that date back not only to the Renaissance, but even to Ancient Rome itself.
Manimenti is a portal to the living traditions of Rome. Our invitation-only community of artisans is handpicked by experts in the fields of Art History, Heritage Management, and Valuation. Here, collectors can find in one place the most representative artisans at the pinnacle of their craft and acquire works worthy of museum collections.
To become a patron to those preserving the most valuable endangered arts, browse through our master artisan profiles. The opportunity to own a handmade masterpiece, delivered directly from their workshops to you, is at your fingertips.