Troiani Brings Civil War to Life
Contact: Richard Colton, (413) 734-8551 x223
SPRINGFIELD, MA: On Saturday, October 27th at 1:30pm, noted historical military illustrator and artist, Don Troiani, and Park Historian, Richard Colton, weave a tapestry of understanding by viewing dramatic Civil War paintings and Springfield Armory Civil War period weaponry. Admission is FREE.
Don Troiani is renowned for his extraordinary paintings recreating Civil War military culture from the battlefield and in camp, making him today's leading Civil War historical artist.
Born in New York City in 1949, son of an accomplished commercial artist and a successful antiques dealer, he easily developed an interest in the past and the importance of a visual understanding of history. He started perfecting his skills at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and New York City's Art Students League.
The life of the common Civil War soldier is a familiar image rendered in paint and canvas, rich in insight and historical accuracy, drama and detail. "There has been too much distortion over the years.I believe the more accurate the presentation is, the clearer our image will be of our heritage.It is a far better way to honor our ancestors," commented Troiani.
Troiani's lifelong work enables him to portray his subject with credibility. A researcher in his own right, he works from a personal military library and a network of collectors, historians, and curatorswho give him access to their own collections and archives. "You can look at a picture of an artifact for days and still not know it. But examining it in your own hands reveals its texture, its substance and how it works," explains Troiani.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the site of our Nation's first armory, established in 1794. The site is open daily, 9am-5pm. Admission is free. For information call 413-734-8551 or check www.nps.gov/spar.
Did You Know?
Author Charles Dickens toured Springfield Armory’s Hill Shops and Water Shops on his 30th birthday, February 7th, 1842, a year before publication of A Christmas Carol. The first of two visits to America, he and his wife were accompanied by the superintendent and the paymaster. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.