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...

Lunch in the Belly

The unusual tradition of dining inside the horse's belly. I do not think it is a coincidence but there must be a very specific reason, perhaps an unconscious instinct of every man linked to the life spent in the womb. Perhaps each of us recognizes that sense of protection and well-being developed during the months...

the Lost Venus

Between 1911 and 1922 the first Italian archaeological expedition began in the colonies of Cyrene, Leptis Magna, Tripoli and Sabratha, then a second phase started in the fascist era from 1923 until 1943. During the excavations in Cyrene in 1913 one of the greatest masterpieces of classical art raised to light. A Venus dated at 130...

It’s an Inborn Thing

I have transcribed some questions from friends that often ask me when they come to visit me in my Studio or by messages that I receive. 
I hope they offer the real image of me and my work, just like a self-portrait.

—How started your relation with Plaster Casts? My grandfather worked making scenery at Cinecittà Studios since was founded...

Lorenzo Giuntini and the Great Turtle

In the second half of 1882 Alfred Percival Maudslay (1850-1931), the famous English archaeologist and explorer, was laboriously busy in preparations for his new expedition to South America, Guatemala and Honduras to study the Mayan sculpture. After reporting a series of photographs, reliefs, measurements and 'Paper Squeezes’ from previous expeditions to Quirinuá, Copan and Yaxchilan,...