Andrea Cagnetti, who works under the artistic name of Akelo had two pieces acquired by The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) of Boston and the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the University of Missouri.
Andrea Cagnetti is known for his use of a personal, cryptic language that relates to the mysteries of the universe hidden within the arcane symbols of alchemy. The first piece regards a round pyx called Segin (2009) made of 22 kt. gold (900/1000). The body, lid, and knob are finely decorated with plant and animal forms and geometric motifs, which are realized in filigree, granulation and dust granulation. Embodied within this ornamentation are the three realms of nature (mineral, vegetal and animal) and the four primary elements of water, earth, air and fire.
The second work, entitled Yildun (2001), is a precious pendant in the form of a bulla (Italian for “bubble”). First used by the Etruscans as an element in jewelry, Roman nobility continued the use of the bulla as a protective amulet.
Ever more in demand in the world of art, the artist’s work is the subject of the Museum of Art and Archaeology’s exhibition The Voyage of a Contemporary Italian Goldsmith in the Classical World: Golden Treasures by Akelo (until September 26, 2010), which will be traveling to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California (October 7, 2010 – March 11, 2011).