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 &...

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,...

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 Statue of Liberty – Under the Skin

On June 19th of 1885 the French frigate Isère anchored in the sea of ​​Bedloe's Island in New York. In its holds was kept an exceptional load as well as precious, 214 crates of robust wood, well constructed and placed, that contained the complete all sections to build the most famous statue in the world....