The Homo faber show, dedicated to artistic professions in Europe and divided into 14 themes stages, has just ended (30 September). Set against the charming background of Fondazione Cini on the island of San Giorgio in Venice, andorganised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship ( an international no-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva and created to capitalise on and preserve artistic professions, creating links with the European design and fashion system), in partnership with the Fondazione Cologni Mestieri d’arte, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Triiennale Design Museum, Milan. Virtuoso masterpieces from the different arts were on show in the cloisters, the large library and the rooms of Fondazione Cini, with stations for artisans at work. Homo faber made it possible, for the first time, to admire masterpieces from different trades, from the cabinet maker to the goldsmith, and in a wealth of different materials, including glass, metal, wood, and paper, involving artists and artisans as yet unknown to the general public but who are at work in the secret world of workshops and laboratories, creating ingenious works of great manual skill. The selection of European vases on show in the first-floor library was extraordinary, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico, ex director of the Triennale design museum in Milan. Visitors familiar with mass-produced items were treated to a succession of wonders that brought materials and their possible transformations back to the forefront, in what is now an era of dematerialisation.