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Venetian Art Mosaics Studio

In 1947, Costante Crovatto immigrated to the United States, where he opened Venetian Art Mosaics in New York City. Crovatto partnered with fellow mosaic artists who trained with him at the Scuola Mosaicisti in Spilimbergo, Italy. The Venetian Art Mosaics studio completed several large-scale projects in the 1950s and 1960s, including the mosaic medallions at Reagan National Airport, interior mosaics at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and mosaic murals at the Orlando and Phoenix International Airports.

Venetian Arts Mosaics collaborated more than once with Allyn Cox in the 1960s. At Dumbarton Oaks, Crovatto and company worked with the artist to recreate his deteriorated mural of Diana and Actaeon in mosaic form. The completed mosaic remains in the three interior arched panels of the Loggia. In 1966, Venetian Art Mosaics Studio created mosaic murals based on Cox paintings for the lunettes in the interior of the General Grant National Memorial in New York.

Around 1989, Crovatto returned to Italy, opening a studio in his hometown of Spilimbergo. The practice was renamed Crovatto Mosaics, Inc. The studio continued to complete work in the United States as late as 2000.

 

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