Artwork and Craftwork
Only in the latter half of the 16th century a more popular production started to develop, especially in some rich mountain centers as Scanno and Pescocostanzo; the most notable example is maybe the jewel given as a present to the future bride by her fiance, the "presentosa", representing two hearts against a filigree motiv. The filigree element, which is so expensive and appreciated in our times, was used since it required a lesser quantity of gold; moreover, a lower titre alloy was used, easily recognizable for its reddish color and called "red gold".
Among the most notable masterpieces is the wooden ceiling and organ of the greatest Renaissance church in Abruzzo, San Bernardino da Siena, in L'Aquila, the furniture of the church of Santa Maria della Valle in Scanno, the great pieces preserved in the Museo Capitolare in Atri, just to mention a few. Woodcarving was common in Loreto Aprutino, Pretoro, Popoli, Campli, Scoppito, Pescocostanzo. In Arischia (ancient Ariscola), a village a few km from L'Aquila, there is the largest production of "madie", typical wooden containers used to store bread for the family.
This extremely delicate lace is made with a very great number of small spindles - one piece especially made for Queen Margaret of Savoy required 7,000 of them - and with a special thread, which used to be woven in the past by the nuns of the ancient monasteries of the area, extremely strong and at the same time so thin that dozens are needed to equal the size of one hair. Whereas Venice and Valenciennes laces are made in small pieces which are later sewn together, the Abruzzese tombolo is made in one piece. This, along with the thinness of the linen or silk thread employed, greatly increases its difficulty and preciousness.