a Polaroid in Canova’s Studio

On the long tradition of Atelier d'Artiste paintings, which today also preserve an extraordinary historical value, the Pompeo Calvi's (1806-1884) painting appears like a modern snapshot, like a Polaroid that captures the exact moment of life. What happens in a place, a context, a real scene that otherwise we could only imagine. The interior of the roman...

the Charles Bargue Casts

The collaboration between Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme was very fruitful and produced one of the most influential classical drawing courses in the history of artistic education. Bargue was a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme. Bargue worked closely with Gérôme and was influenced by his style. The Cours de Dessin was published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil &...

Contraddictory Classic

Have you ever watched an old Kolossal from the fifties and sixties? Have you ever got caught up by the compelling stories of Ben Hur or Cleopatra? Perhaps you have never paid too much attention to the sets, the decorations, the costumes and the statues that in these long-standing historical films represent some of the...

l’Inconnue par Man Ray

The famous photographer exponent of the surrealist movement Man Ray was particularly inspired by the portrait of the Unknown Girl from the Seine. In 1966 he made a series of photography as an illustrative apparatus for the novel Aurélien by Louis Aragon . The subject of the photographs, now preserved as original negatives at the Center...

Peepshow from the Past

Lorado Taft had bigger plans. His studio, near the south edge of the Midway, became a gathering place, studio space, and living quarters for the many artists under his tutelage, creating a modern Renaissance workshop with Taft at the head, initiating oftentimes grandiose projects in which everyone was expected to take part. One of this project was the Dream Museum,...