|Dates||active 1588 - present|
In 1588 Grand Duke Ferdinando I founded the Galleria de' Lavori in Pietre Dure, a hardstone workshop, in Florence. He hired local craftsmen and trained them to restore ancient carved-stone objects as well as create original works in pietre dure.These artists soon perfected the art of making pictures with thin pieces of brightly colored stones set together much like a jigsaw puzzle.
During the 1600s the Galleria worked mainly on the decorations of the
Renamed the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in the mid-1800s, the workshop continues to operate today as a state-supported institution.