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© Dr Giuseppe Mazza
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The Principality of Monaco seen from east
The Principality of Monaco seen from west
Monaco: the coast from Italy to Cap d’Ail
Monaco, as seen from La Turbie, and an unusual outline of the Tête de Chien
Monaco, on the left, and the 18 holes Monte Carlo Golf Club, located at 900 m of altitude
Monaco-Ville with the Princes’ Palace and the Oceanographic Museum
The outline of Monaco Ville seen from the Port Hercule
Monaco-Ville: the square with the Princes’ Palace
Monaco-Ville: the Princes’ Palace square on November 19th, on occasion of the National Holiday
Monaco-Ville: the Law Courts, and the Cathedral
Monaco-Ville: side entrance to the Cathedral, the Law Courts and St. Nicolas Square
Monaco-Ville: the City Hall Square
Monaco-Ville: Visitation Square, with the Department of State
Monaco-Ville: details of the Ministère d’Etat Palace, with the Grimaldi Coat of Arms
Monaco-Ville: precious mosaic of the Ministère d’Etat Palace
Monaco-Ville: the Government Palace
Monaco-Ville : the National Council
The “Carugi d’a Roca”, in Monaco-Ville
Several ceramics of the old “Poterie de Monaco” are exposed in the Museum of ancient Monaco, located at the number 2 of Emil de Loth street in Monaco Ville.
The most valued pieces are those realized by Ernesto Sprega (1829-1911), who was its director from 1883 to 1889. Of Roman origin, he was a pupil of the famous master Mantovani, and later operated in Florence for Ginori, eminent painter and ceramist.
Ernesto Sprega, shown in the self-portrait on top at the right of the show-case, created, during his stay in Monaco, several ceramics and paintings.
He made himself known mainly for the “cannage”, an absolutely personal technique giving the pots and baskets a graceful look, very similar to the true ones, pleached with straw and rushes. This technique, along with his never-ending research for new forms and colours, brought him several acknowledgements while representing Monaco in International Exhibitions.
Besides as talented ceramist, Ernesto Sprega is to be remembered for his numerous frescoes in the Palatine Chapel and in the Private Apartments of the Princes’ Palace.
The “Egg of Monaco” by Ernesto Sprega, awarded at the 1889 Universal Exposition of Paris
Monaco-Ville: HRH, the Prince Albert I statue, and the Oceanographic Museum
Monaco-Ville: the entrance to the Oceanographic Museum
Reconstruction at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco of the workshop of Prince Albert I vessel, the Hirondelle II
The acquarium of the Monaco Oceanographic Museum holds a 400.000 ltrs pool, 6 mt tall