Editor A. Vallardi, Milan, 1920 c.
The gipsoteca was provided by the original reproductions or reduction in scale of the most famous works of classical Greek and Roman Art. Numerous models of architectural and decorative art Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Sculptures by Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Sansovino, and Canova.
Being a collection mainly in support of the design schools and academies series of Anatomical Models from Life and Ecorché (by Marco d’Agrate, Ercole Lelli and Houdon) was perhaps the richest of those available in the rest of Europe and the United States.
As written by the art critic and essayist Guido Edoardo Mottini ‘the Gipsoteca Vallardi was the Corpus Sculpturarum of Italy’.
Sadly over the decades, the collection was broken up and partially sold or dispersed.
After 1927 the Gipsoteca Vallardi closed permanently by stopping the business. Some casts were purchased from other mold makers and so passed on to others. Unfortunately, what remains today are no longer the beautiful original casts of the Gipsoteca Vallardi but copies of copies of copies so currently of poor quality.