The Italian Villa Advent Calendar

Waterland Press & Day Moon Press

Published in March, 2011, this advent calendar was one of many collaborative projects between Maralyn Crosetto (Waterland Press) and Day Moon Press.

Scored trifold to stand, this calendar can be used in any year, with one numbered window for December 1st through the 24th. The framework is a 7-color rendering of an Italian villa. Behind the doors, it features several specific artifacts of Italian architecture and decoration: garden topiary, sculpture, angelic icons, etc. It is available here on our Etsy store!

From the descriptive brochure boxed with the calendar:

“Maralyn Crosetto designed and executed the art for this Advent calendar. Inspired by the familial traditions of her Italian heritage, she chose favorite images, collected from her travels abroad, for for each day of Advent.

“This calendar’s central image is a rendition of Cetinale, a Tuscan estate near Siena. Originally a farmhouse, built upon Etruscan ruins, its most famous expansion came in 1676 when Flavio Chigi hired Carlo Fontana to recreate the standing villa in the Roman Baroque genre. This transformation included the Scala Santa, a dramatic 300 step staircase to a hilltop hermitage and the Tebaide (the Holy Wood), where the Palio of Siena was raced 7 times. In 1978 Lord Lambton bought Cetinale and devoted the rest of his life to restoring the estate and creating a beautiful formal garden.

“The inspiration for the Italian Villa Advent Calendar was a visit to Cetinale. A pencil drawing of the villa soon followed. From that drawing a computer generated engraving was created as the template for five linoleum cuts that were used to print the villa and garden. Lino cuts and engraving were printed letterpress on a Vandercook 219, using Platine paper. All images inside the numbered doors are archival ink jet prints of watercolors, printed with Ultrachrome ink on an Epson Stylus Pro 6900, using Arches watercolor paper. Titles and figures were printed letterpress in Nicholas Cochin Bold. All production was done at Day Moon Press.”

The calendar is boxed and tissue-wrapped in  paper inherited from Frank McCaffrey.