Creative Museum: From the Sapio Workshops at Napoli

The Creative Museum recently acquired this Italian hairpin topped in blonde tortoiseshell with Putto, Cupid’s name in the Italian Renaissance. The bottom of the stick is dark shell. The piece was made in the Sapio Workshops in Napoli, c. 1900.

Here is a dragon The Creative Museum already had from the Sapio Workshops.

What this means is that my beloved bird hair stick, which I thought was Chinese, is really Italian and also from the Sapio Workshops in Napoli. My Neopolitan Bird!

There have been more acquisitions by the Creative Museum, so look for further posts! :-)

3 thoughts on “Creative Museum: From the Sapio Workshops at Napoli

  1. bem02

    Yes, I want to know about their photography too! I’m wondering how they take such lovely pictures.

    There is this place in Dallas that takes pictures of your paintings for you that has this wild set up. They have this ‘thing’ that runs on rails in a room so they can lay your painting/drawing flat on the ground, and then the camera runs on it’s rails overhead and takes a picture of your artwork. They can also use it to take pictures of sculpture in three different angles.

    Wonder if the Creative Museum has a similar set up for photos.

  2. BarbaraAnne Post author

    Yeah, I think the camera has to be overhead, but they are also able to place shadows. I have their setup, but will not release it to the public, as I think they should write a comb photography instruction book and sell it. :-) I am trying to replicate it, but alas… The art is in choosing where to place the shadows, and then designing the lighting to make them. I have to figure out how to stand my combs upright without anyone seeing what is holding it, among thousands of other things. Like picture and frame, the a collection and its photography go together the same way.

    But I have a feeling real art photography is like community building. I could write a book detailing the exact steps you must take to build a community of any size, in any medium. By no means am I alone in being able to do this. Susan Maxwell Schmidt did it. However, very few people have the personality to develop the judgment and take time in the details, so you could lay out the recipe to the world and it wouldn’t matter. Community = caretaker personality. Photography = I dunno yet. I’m trying to find it! Practice, Practice, Practice… How do you get to Carnegie Hall? ;-)

    1. bem02

      Placing shadows is just a matter of where you are hanging/clamping your lights.

      Now I’m wondering how many pictures they took for those two.


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