Italian Master Goldsmith, Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo

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Born in the town of Corchiano, forty miles to the north of Rome, Master Goldsmith, Andrea Cagnetti creates under the artistic name of Akelo which is the name of an ancient river god.  He has done extensive studies of ancient and medieval myths, legends and symbols in search of knowledge which he reshapes into golden designs.  Although the secret alchemy of the Etruscan, Greek and Roman goldsmiths had become lost over time, Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) has spent the past twenty five years experimenting and practicing in order to revive these ancient techniques. Not only has he mastered these techniques and materials, he has surpassed them by refining the techniques and by creating his own unique gold mixtures.

Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) creates his jewelry from gold that is just slightly under 22 karats using his own mixtures that are not standard in the jewelry industry.  He has developed his special mixtures of gold because the color is very important to him.  In his own words, he says, “When a ray of sunlight hits it, the shining gold changes color, becoming alive and a part of nature.”

"the shining gold changes color, becoming alive and a part of nature. Copyrighted Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Talitha-Borealis, an exquisite box by Akelo. Copyright (c) Andrea Cagnatti - Akelo All Rights Reserved Used with permission of the artist.

 

One of the most amazing techniques he has mastered is the ancient art of granulation which consists of welding minuscule golden spheres of  “dust” as tiny as 0.07 mm into a creative design on a metal base.

Below you can see Hoedus II – 1996, which was recently acquired by the Newark Museum in New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

Hoedus II held in the collection of the Newark Museum, New York, USA by Akelo. Copyright (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

This golden pendant is in the shape of an eight arm cross with double rings for suspension. The perpendicular arms present a decoration in plain wire and small golden globes and enclose at their upper end a flower in red cloisonné enamel; the transversal arms present a decoration realised in granulation with triangles and rosettes. The central sheet gold, bordered with a fine cord, exhibits an inner decoration realised using filigree and granulation.

Yed-Prior Ear Rings created by Akelo.  Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with the permission of the artist.

Yed-Prior Ear Rings created by Akelo. Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Akelo examining his work in his studio. Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Andrea Cagnetti’s (Akelo’s) quintessential art language is defined by a sense of universality and also seems to be characterized by fluidity, light and the motion of life which includes multitudes of possibilities.  Each of his original pieces speak not only of his inherited wealth of tradition but also of the artist’s ability to transcend self reference.

Tureis a golden necklace with three pendants by Akelo. Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

Aldebaran - a golden box with infinite details by Akelo. Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of the artist.

“…………Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) is a modern master, breathing new life into age old techniques. His unmatched skills as a goldsmith echo the brilliant work done by his forebears in Italy in the 19th century, yet he brings a modern eye to his artistry that places it firmly in the present day”, said Ulysses Grant Dietz – Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts of the Newark Museum.

The pendant, Hoedus II, is the latest in a series of acquisitions by the Newark Museum, confirming the great international appreciation of this Italian artist’s outstanding golden jewels and his unparalleled technical excellence.

Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) has recently published an article detailing his research on ancient jewelry techniques in the prestigious International Journal of Materials Research; formerly Zeitschrift fur Metallkunde.

Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo at work in his studio, Alchemist, Master Goldsmith and International acclaimed artist.

Andrea Cagnetti’s (Akelo’s) works have been in several solo exhibitions around the world, the most recent being “The Voyage of A Contemporary Italian Goldsmith in the Classical World: Golden Treasures by Akelo” now on view at the Museum of the Gemological Institute of America, in Carlsbad, California, in the United States.  Other selected exhibitions of his golden creations include Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, USA, The World Gold Council, Fiera Vicenza, Room of the Treasury, Vicenza, Palazzo, Valmarana Braga, Berlino, Kunstegwebe Museum, Torino, Museo di Arti Decorative, Pietro Accorsi, Expo Universale 2000, Hannover, Germany, Galleria “Rem,” Jabeek Holland, Antiquaria XX,  Viterio, Italy, “Arte Viva,” Targuinia, Italy, Museo della Cermica, Viterbo, Italy, Museo Etrusco, Civita Castellana, Italy, Museo F. Ditta tore Vonwiller, Farnese, Italy.

Akelo creating a pendent. Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of the artist.

In studio, Akelo works with the long lost alchemy of goldsmiths, improving it to his own specifications.

Numerous television documentaries and guest programs have been aired about the Italian artist, Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) in Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Algeria, Greece, Jordan, Palestine, Morroco, Slovenia, Lebanon and on Europe RTVE.

Andrea Cagnetti’s name sake, the god of rivers, Akelo, was considered to be a symbol of water and a preserver of life and prosperity.  One can only marvel at the appropriateness of this name, Akelo, for the Italian Master Goldsmith.   Andrea Cagnetti’s (Akelo’s) creative process defines all of this with authenticity in a timeless, classical language.  With exquisite sensitivity, Andrea Cagnetti’s (Akelo’s) precious objects give us the possibility of golden rivers of ancient and future dreams.

 

Nekkar - Glowing golden orbs for the imagination and ear rings by Akelo. Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with the permission of the artist.

 

Please visit Akelo – Andrea Cagnetti at his website for further information.
http://www.akelo.it

 

Akelo in his studio. Copyrighted (c) Andrea Cagnetti - Akelo. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of the artist.

 

or contact the artist directly by email at the address akelo@akelo.it

I wish to thank the artist, Andrea Cagnetti – Akelo for giving his permission to use
the photographs of his precious golden creations.
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