and an encounter with Igino Scagliola
, Elena' s older brother and
is a polished stone inlay technique creating intricate decorative schemes which became popular in the Baroque period, but continues as a highly specialist craft to this day.
Eight columns supporting the dome are not real marble, but a so-called scagliola
, a marble imitation consisting of finely ground gypsum and limestone or marble.
The company has restored scagliola
in the capitols of Illinois, Kansas and Montana.
Another ancient finish was also specified by Softas: scagliola
Though she's a few hundred miles from the war zone in Iraq, Airman 1st Class Corina Scagliola
helps keep American Airmen and Soldiers off dangerous Iraqi convoy routes plagued by roadside bombs and sniper attacks.
The splendid scagliola
columns are repaired and polished to their eighteenth-century condition.
Newspaper coverage of the theatre's grand opening noted the two-story lobby's "sensual murals" painted by New York artist William deLeftwich Dodge; ornate Italian mosaic flooring known as scagliola
(a faux marble created from intricately finished plaster); and rich velvet draperies.
The glass reflects the warmth emanating from the cleaned up yellow scagliola
The classical-style building was clad with Portland stone and granite, while the interior boasted extensive use of polished teak and columns of Scagliola
Rechtschaffer explains: "There is a growing curiosity in all traditional art mediums--fresco, gilding, scagliola
He transformed the load-bearing iron columns into an attractive counterpoint to the rest of the room's decoration by surrounding them with scagliola
, a plaster that is given a faux marbre (false marble) finish.