Two brothers of modest upbringing left Barga in the 1870's and built a business in America that earned them fame and fortune during the country's immigrant wave. Emilio returned to Barga and built a large villa in Barga Giardino while Pietro Paolo stayed on in America and saw through the dream to decorate America's greatest schools, homes and a number of her museums.
From 1892 two generations of american students walked though classrooms and assembly halls decorated with Caproni Casts. American scultors such as Daniel Chester French, Cryrus Dallin, Loredo Taft and Leonard Craske sought the firms expertise in making plaster models for such national monuments as The Lincoln Memorial, The Appeal to the Great Spirit, Paul Revere and The Fisherman of Gloucester.
The exhibition now on in Barga Vecchia this week details the company and its work through displays including the largest collection of Caproni Cast Catalogues , family letters, period photographs and cast statues.
The objects and documents in the exhibition have been collected over a twenty year period by Max Griffin. You can hear him talking about his exhibition by clicking on the link below.