Over the quiet winter months many shopowners take advantage of the down time to rearrange, redecorate or repaint their shops to have them looking great when the spring season begins. I was very excited to see the work that my friend Michelangelo and his family had done in their lovely shop called Criscuolo Arte e Bijoux. For weeks the windows were covered on the inside with paper, and peeking inside I saw some major redesigning going on. When they reopened this spring, I was thrilled to see that they had created a beautiful gallery space highlighting the work of the artist Luca Mancini and with beautiful jewelry and ceramics dotted throughout the store. On a sunny day recently, I stopped by and snapped a few photos to share.
Luca Mancini is an artist from the province of Asti in northwest Italy who has lived and worked extensively on the Amalfi Coast. With fine detail and intense colors, his paintings really do capture the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. His stylistic range is quite varied, from a dreamy and hazy feel to paintings so finely detailed I had to look closely to make sure they weren’t phtoographs.
I found the jewelry displays quite beautiful and effective in their simplicity. I loved how the vibrant coral picked up the colors of Mancini’s paintings on display around.
The shop displays paintings by Luca Mancini and reproductions of his work carried out under his careful control. There is also a selection of jewelry and ceramics on display throughout the shop and in the window displays.
I love how memorabilia of Amalfi has been incorporated into the displays, including historic photos, cameras, postcards and some early printed publications about Amalfi.
You’ll find Criscuolo Arte e Bijoux on the main road as it goes through Amalfi in the pretty little Largo Scario with a fountain.
Warm wishes to Michelangelo and his lovely family for success in their new endeavor!
LindyLouMac in Italy says
I want to come shopping 🙂
Ciao Linda! Please do … would LOVE some shopping company! 🙂
I love the art work. By the way, we have the same plate as the one hanging in the window 🙂
Ciao Rosa! I love that plate … I was noticing it while taking the photo. Yes, I really like Luca’s work as well, especially some of his dreamy style paintings of Amalfi. They’re very beautiful and quite different from the usual views!
Beautifuly store! My husband’s grandfather, Antonio Criscuolo, was from Amalfi. I know there are still relatives there — Criscuolos and Pappacodas. Do you know the origin of the Criscuolo name for this shop? Thanks for your article.
Ciao Betty, There are a lot of people with the name Criscuolo in Amalfi. Pappacoda I haven’t heard before, but I’m sure there are still many relatives on both sides. This shop is named after the owner whose last name is Criscuolo. Hope you will be able to visit Amalfi one day and meet some of your husband’s family!