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Exquisite Rot: Spalted Wood and the Lost Art of Intarsia

Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 18:39

The technique of intarsia — the fitting together of pieces of intricately cut wood to make often complex images — has produced some of the most awe-inspiring pieces of Renaissance craftsmanship. Daniel Elkind explores the history of this masterful art, and how an added dash of colour arose from a most unlikely source: lumber ridden with fungus.