This technique reached considerable importance along the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Tuscany: the first work created in this way was a fragment of the choir of the Cathedral of Orvieto, which was followed by numerous other decorations in the cathedrals of nearby cities, by professionals.
How does it work:
Also known as wood inlay, inlay is a decorative technique based on the combination of inserting contrasting materials such as brass, ivory or other materials into a cut or shallow area to form a picture or a design.
The use of inlay was gradually abandoned at the end of the sixteenth century, due to the stronger common interest in painting.
However, in the 20th century, the Pugliese Master Andrea Gusmai was able to recover this technique through his works