Italy - Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello: the pictures collection
The Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello (http://www.fondazioneranieri.org/) is an Italian non profit institution, based in Perugia, Umbria, which preserves an historic library, publishes books, organizes cultural events and runs the House Museum of Palazzo Sorbello, displaying the art collections of the Marchesi Ranieri di Sorbello. The Library, Archive and House Museum are open to the public. It is a mission of the Foundation to promote the study and understanding of the life and work of Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello, an Italian scholar, writer and international civil servant (1906-1969).
The Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello’s photo collection maps about one century of the history of the Ranieri di Sorbello family, immortalizing four generations of its components: the oldest images come from the 1860’s (Carlo Emanuele II e Tancredi VI were the first to be photographed), whereas the most recent are dated one century later, with Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello and his family as the main subjects. The collection consists of 802 pieces, inventoried by the Marchesa Marilena De Vecchi together with amateur photographer Valentina Costantini.
The collection of photographs is a useful tool for examining different socio-cultural aspects of the years straddling the 19th and 20th centuries. It contains evidence of historical events such as World War One as well as the post 1945 economic boom: the photos give a glimpse of fashion trends, of weddings of various periods, of travels across the world, testifying also to the changes in the art of photography. The photographs are mainly black/white and sepia, and only in very rare cases colored: they include a treasure trove of oval, squared pictures, with handwritten or printed taglines. Glimpsing through the photos, one can analyze the evolution of the photographic profession, looking at the physical features of the images, the tagline graphic styles and the paper types, as well as the pose of the subjects.
All of the photographs have been catalogued by Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello staff in Samira - Catalogo Umbria Cultura, the cultural heritage portal o fRegione Umbria, and thanks to the LoCloud project they have been published in Europeana in 2015; the physical collection is stored in a specific fund (Archivio Storico Fotografico) at Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello, Perugia.
Collection provided by Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello
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