Gipsoteca Vallardi

The collection of plaster casts Gipsoteca Vallardi, with over six thousand models, was undoubtedly the richest among the Italian plaster-cast museums. The numerous casts ordered with careful and thorough correlation criterion constituted a veritable museum of archeology for use by scholars as well as students of sculpture and architects. The environment, large and well divided, offered many...

Touching the Moon

Since I was a little boy dreamed looking the Moon, and I was fascinated so much by the Apollo 11 mission. I envied (and still do) those young men who flew a mass of scrap metal on that unknown ground. They descended the ladder and posed their feet on another little world for...

Who Discovered the Pompeians?

During excavations on the archaeological site of Pompeii in 1865, they thought to get a cast from the impression left in ashes by a wood door. From that day there were several others tempted like this but all with poor results. Other attempts were made before in 1831 in order to take human plaster...

The True Story of Smugglerius

On 12 April 1776, a man named James Langar was hanged at Tyburn by order of the Court of Criminal known as the Old Bailey. His body was used by Sir William Hunter, first Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Art Schools in London to make an anatomical model for study of the...

Tale of an hard work behind the scenes of Ben Hur

I believe that all of you knows the blockbuster film Ben Hur directed by William Wiler in 1959 and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Sam Jaffe, and many others. I wonder though, how many have ever imagined the huge work that was necessary for the making of the...

the Story of a Famous Ecorché

During his stay at the  Académie de France in Rome from 1764 to 1768 Jean Antoine Houdon, modeled on San Bruno and SanGiovanni Battista in the church of Santa Maria degli Angelicommissioned by Dom. Andrè Le Masson procurateur general of the Carthusian order of frairs.  In 1767 Houdon installed the colossus marble of San Bruno in...