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Who has not heard of Shakespeare or about this famous story written by him, that great tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet.

The story has had various adaptations, one is a great Italian Opera first performed in 1830 and sourced from an Italian story, the feud between two families: the Capuleti (of Verona) and the Montecchi (of Montecchio Maggiore). In fact, the symbols of the town of Montecchio Maggiore in the Vicenza province, are the two castle towers located on the sloping hills (photo top of this post) about a half mile apart their ruins still stand. A yearly play is performed in one of those towers to commemorate the story. In the nearby wonderful town of Verona some 20 miles away the ” Capuleti House “ still stands and one can find many love letters affixed to the building in various ways, as well as, the many padlocks, the eternal love symbol, affixed to surrounding lampposts and gates.

Some of you might have heard of a Spanish born sculptor by the name of Berrocal who after successfully exhibiting all over Europe started to focus on creating miniature multiple sculptures (multiples)  much reduced in size, in editions of approximately ranging from 500 to 2000 pieces.

In 1967 he made his second multiple in brass with an edition of 2000, it made him world famous. It was called Romeo e Giulietta (shown above). Berrocal’s miniature multiples had a unique feature, they were constructed in a very sophisticated engineered way.

The sculpture or multiple if you prefer, has 16 die cast pieces and measures 21x21x9 cm. (approx.9x9x3.5inches). It is a complex casting, so much so that every sculpture came with a numbered booklet. This particular one is number 360 containing the proper instructions as to how to assemble the sculpture. The booklet is very large in size measuring  9.5 inches x 14 inches high and in itself a superbly produced graphic piece with some images over printed in gold tones to show the complex engineering to the full extend.

The inside cover has the following quote from Shakespeare’s work:   Romeo: I would I were thy bird….with Juliet answering: Sweet so would I. Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing. Good-night, Good-night! Parting is such sweet sorrow. That I shall say Goodnight till it be morrow. (Act II, Scene II)

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