Nature trail Filisur
FiliTour Nr. 13: Haus Tgetgel & Ughini
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Sgraffito - Jewelry at the house
The house Tgetgel & Ughini is a prime example of magnificent sgraffito art in Filisur. The technique was brought to the Engadin in the Renaissance by Italian builders - and further over the pass into the Albula Valley. The heyday of the sgraffitos was between 1650 and 1750.
Sgraffiare means scratching, which is why there is also talk of scratch plaster. A second, usually white layer of lime is applied to the flush-mounted plaster. In the damp state, the ornaments are then scraped out with pointed tools. The underlying dark layer is exposed again. Sgraffiti emphasize the architecture, cover it up or pretend it. Typical motifs are wave bands, rosettes, crosses or animals, all of which have their own symbolic content.
Josin Neuhäusler from Susch in the Engadine still masters the old craft. The painter learned it from his father and also offers sgraffito courses.
In the audio, he talks about the technology and fascination of this craftsmanship. The audio file can be found at the back of the pictures.
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