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Italian mosaics, once all the rage in France, fell into neglect and ruin by the 1970s, when homeowners began covering them up with parquet floors or even linoleum. The legacy is one that the Brittany capital Rennes has set out to showcase – and with good reason, because the city boasts dozens of works by key purveyors of the craft – the Odorico brothers from Italy's northeastern Friuli region.An association of "Friends of Rennes Heritage" has identified at least 47 Odorico works in the city.Tourist guide Therese Jannes said the brothers Isidore and Vincent Odorico emigrated to France for "economic reasons" before making it big in Rennes at the height of the art nouveau movement.By then, when art nouveau was giving way to art deco, the rapidly industrializing city of Rennes became one of France's leading producers of mosaics.Mosaics had long gone out of style, so much so that many works by Italian immigrants had fallen into neglect or were even destroyed.
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