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Episode  by  Giulio Manfred i


A new interpretation of  "The Last Supper"

Commissioned by the Italian Ministry of Culture


The Japan-Italy Treaty of Amity and Commerce, signed between Japan and Italy on August 25, 1866 (Keio 2),

celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 (Heisei 28). 

As a commemorative event, HISASHI HORAYA, an affiliate of HORAYA INTERNATIONAL, invited Italian jewelry designer, Mr. Giulio Manfredi, to its jewelry exhibition in September of the same year.


Mr. Giulio Manfredi from Piacenza, a historical city in northern Italy, launched his own brand MANFREDI in 1973 as a model for the revival of traditional metalworking art.


The restoration of Leonardo Da Vinci's  "The Last Supper", one of the most famous paintings in the world, was carried out from 1977 to 1999.

In 2009, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the completion of the restoration, the Italian Ministry of Culture commissioned Mr. Manfredi to create a new interpretation of "The Last Supper", using ancient jewelry art tradition.


Focusing on the figures of Jesus Christ and each of his 12 disciples as depicted in "The Last Supper", 

"Invisible L'oro (Invisible Gold) 12 + 1" was born.

"Invisible L'oro (Invisible Gold) 12 + 1"

The exhibition was held from May 6 to July 4,  2011, at the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie and Pinacoteca di Brera, where "The Last Supper" is displayed.

A special installation was created to present Giulio Manfredi's artworks, which were promoted through cultural events and valuable publications.


The “Invisible L'oro (Invisible Gold) 12 + 1” was showcased along with the exhibition “Leonardo, Genius, and Myth” at La Venaria Reale,  a 17th-century palace built by the former King Savoy, from November 17, 2011, to February 19, 2012.


In September 2016, the exhibition was also held at the Casa di Manzoni in Milan.

In September 2018, the exhibition was held in Ambrosiana, Milan, known for having the largest repository of Leonard Da Vinch's sketches and notes in the world.



Advance Notice

The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum is the first location in Japan to host this installation exhibition.

We believe that it is meaningful that the exhibition is held in Nagasaki, a city recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site for its deep faith in Christianity as well as its commitment to the preservation of its history throughout many years of oppression.

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What is an installation?

Installation is one of the methods and genres of expression in contemporary art, along with paintings, sculpture, video, and photography.
It is an art form in which works are placed indoors or outdoors according to the artist's intentions to create a space,
and the entire place is experienced as a work of art.
From this point of view, the Italian Ministry of Culture highly valuates Giulio Manfredi's artworks as a way to revive valuable art in a new way.


Advance Notice

Coming to Japan for the first time in Nov. 2022

The installation exhibition of "Invisible L'oro 12 + 1" will be held

in the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.


Nagasaki is recognized as a World Heritage Site in 2018 for its history of preserving Christianity despite the hardships of 259 years of severe oppression.

We believe that it is very meaningful that the first event will be held in Nagasaki.


Mr. Manfredi's Other Career and Awards

* Special adviser to the goldsmith degree program at Firenze Universita degli Studi since 1992.

* In 1998, commissioned by the city of Verona to create a sculpture for the Romeo and Juliet Awards.

* In 2011, commissioned by the Congregation of the High Priest of Culture in Rome to create an artworks for the 60th.


Episode  by  Event i

HISASHI HORAYA Jewelry Collection Event in March 2016

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A visit to the Nagasaki Prefecture Art Museum in November 2019.


A sketch of the exhibition.

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