Lovely film of men at work in the mosaic studio of the Vatican.
"The famous mosaic studio of the Vatican where the intricate and painstaking art of mosaic painting is carried on..."
M/S of an artist at work on a mosaic portrait of a man in religious dress. C/U of the mosaic under construction and the painting upon which it is based. "Great care is taken in the selection of the mosaics to secure the correct shades and thickness." M/S of a man sitting beside a window choosing pieces of mosaic. C/U of a tool being used to break the mosaic into small pieces. C/U of man working on a large mosaic featuring angels. C/U of the pieces being applied to the picture. Tweezers are used to place the small pieces of mosaic in the correct place.
"The Vatican Studios are world-famous for this unique work.." L/S of man sitting in front of one mosaic at work. Behind him is a large painting that he is using as inspiration. C/U of the face of an angel in mosaic. "Some rare masterpieces..." C/U of a framed painting. L/S of another painting - a Madonna and Child. C/U of the faces of the mother and child. "Another masterpiece to be... of the Pope." L/S of craftsman at work on a portrait in mosaic.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 553.
Note: beautifully shot film.
Safety print only.