Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Time capsule

I've been home from Long Island for a few days now but it seems to be taking a while to get back in the swing of things. I jumped right into work upon my return and feel a little discombobulated and spun around after being away. It's hard for me to take time off (even though I know I need to if for no other reason than to get this annoying eyebrow twitch to stop!). I tend to get fidgety and antsy when my hands can't be making something.

Anyhoo, I was able to get a little bit of work done on the film project I am part of. I don't believe I have ever blogged about it but in one of my other lives I am an art historian and I am very fortunate to be working on a documentary film about a little known artist's model named Antonio Corsi. I call him "little known" but in his day (late 1800s into 1900s) he was one of the most recognized faces in the world, having posed for nearly every major artist and appearing hundreds of times in some of the most famous and iconic works of art of that time. After his early death he disappeared, in name, from the pages of history. For more in depth info about this project click here (otherwise I could prattle on for pages and pages).

The images you see here are of Corsi's personal scrapbook which contains literally hundreds of letters from artists, art schools and personal friends. We will be transcribing everything and trying to piece together the details of his life through these pages and the vast photo archive that inspired the entire project.

Work on the film will be kicking into high gear this coming year. Hopefully I will get to share some of the process with you (and hopefully you will find it a little bit interesting:).

10 comments:

laurelmoon said...

Wow, that sounds absolutely fascinating. I'm always interested in people who have slipped in between the pages of history, so to speak, and will definitely try to find out more about him. Thanks for mentioning it!

Lorelei said...

wow! Neat stuff Nancy! Wherever did you find this scrapbook? How cool to be able to read correspondence like that. Fascinating!

Sharon said...

How wonderfully intriguing and how exciting to be involved in the project. Will the documentary be shown on PBS? I would love to watch it.

Sarah Copeland said...

I would love to see the documentary as well, you must tell us where we can view it once it's completed :) Oooo what I would do to get my hands on those letters...that is just too cool! Happy New Year :)

High Desert Diva said...

Well this is all very interesting. Looking forward to seeing/reading more of the process.

SummersStudio said...

I've just looked through the links to this project. This looks absolutely fantastic. Please do keep us posted about this project. And best wishes for its success. I look forward to your updates!

Andrea said...

Fascinating stuff! There is just something so romantic and intriguing about old letters. Looking forward to hearing more!

Andrew Thornton said...

Sounds like a very interesting project!

Happy New Year, Nancy!

Flor Larios Art said...

Congratulations and good luck on your new project!

Stacey said...

That scrapbook looks so interesting, how wonderful to be a part of that project!