Caproni Collection History, From the Past...
"The quality of a reproduction is of the greatest importance. In an original work of merit there is a subtleness of treatment- a certain feeling which, if captured in reproduction, places the finished piece within the realm of art itself."
- Pietro Caproni, 1911
Florentine master craftsman Pietro Caproni practiced the art of creating quality reproductions. During the last two decades of the 19th century, he traveled through Europe making molds directly from masterpieces in museums such as the Louvre, the National Museum in Athens, the Vatican, the Uffizi Gallery, and the British Museum. Considered the greatest craftsman of his time, Caproni was one of the last to be allowed the freedom of casting directly from museum pieces.
In 1900 Pietro Caproni constructed the Caproni Gallery building, at 1920 Washington Street in Boston, to cast and house his reproductions. He made them available to museums, schools, and private connoisseurs through an illustrated catalogue which listed over 2500 casts, including such extraordinary pieces as the full-size Winged Victory of Samothrace and Michelangelo's head of David. The Caproni Gallery became the leading art gallery of its kind in the world.
To the present...
Some of Caproni's original molds survived to the present day, and many of his catalogues can still be found in the great libraries of this country. His methods, too, have survived, as the Caproni tradition of a fine sense of artistry was carefully passed down to the hands of his successor. The long tradition of craftsmanship continues at the Giust Gallery.
Today, the Giust Gallery integrates these old trade secrets with extensive knowledge of modern materials. Our craftsmen are artists in their own right and are carefully trained to hand cast and custom finish each piece to recreate the feeling of the originals themselves.
These uniquely crafted reproductions will add a timeless grace and beauty to any room. Their modest prices bring them within reach of anyone who truly wishes to possess or to give to another one of these fine recreations of the world's masterpieces.