Since 2010 Arteco operates for the enhancement of historical and artistic heritage in the awareness that such heritage is a comprehensive set of works closely linked to the territory and represents a cornerstone of civil society. It also supports new generations of artists, identifying them as essential to the renewal of society.
The open call that we're proposing it's to investigate Turin between 1860 and 1890 when it had experienced a thriving historical phase, parallelled by a political reorganisation, in which four city institutions – the Accademia Albertina, the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, the Galleria Sabauda (Regia Galleria) and the Biblioteca Reale – seemed to be joined by the same interest in giving relevance to their prints collections: at the time, prime movers not only in education, but also in the knowledge of old masters. Among the key players in this history is connoisseur Giovanni Volpato, who reorganised the collections in the Biblioteca Nazionale and the Accademia Albertina, creating albums which can be defined as actual atlases made up of prints cut out, pasted and juxtaposed. Some of these albums – thematically ordered by French school and Flemish school – would be the starting point for studies devoted to creating ever-changing connections.
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