June 16, 2014

Links, Facebook Finds & Web Gems: Don Troiani Historical Artist

There are a number of great historical artists, but with the exception of Don Troiani they are all long dead. The distinguishing feature of Troiani's work is its magnificent detail, the accuracy of which is simply astounding. On top of that, he can capture the very wind of a bullet and make you flinch. With their Renaissance realism, historical accuracy, and sheer beauty, Troiani's paintings are an education and a delight.

Don Troiani is a soul lost in time; a twentieth century artist to whom the life of the common soldier of the American Revolution through the Civil War is as familiar and vivid as the surroundings of his Connecticut studio. While there are other painters who have turned their attention to historical art, none have done so with the enthusiasm, insight and historical accuracy of this accomplished recorder of drama and detail. 

In the spirit of presenting historical truth through art, Don Troiani has personally set uncompromising standards of excellence and authenticity in his field that few others can equal. Models are chosen with the greatest care to achieve the proper look of the men in Colonial and Victorian America. The garb and gear of each figure are painstakingly researched. Period settings are found and researched, sometimes sending the artist hundreds of miles from home to examine battlefields and structures firsthand. Because of the great amount of research that goes into one of his works, it is often years between a painting's conception and the actual moment the brush is put to canvas. 

Indeed, Troiani's lifelong focus on America's military heritage enables him to present that subject with credibility second to none. For a quarter century he has methodically built one of the great private artifact collections of Civil War, 1812 and Revolutionary War, World War II uniforms, equipage, insignia and weapons which he calls on to add the unique dimension of realism he is so well known for. An expert researcher with a personal military library of thousands of volumes, he is assisted in his search for the truth by a select network of advanced collectors, curators and historians whom he corresponds with regularly and who open their own collections and archives to him.

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