Concept

Pietro Caproni

Summary
Pietro Paulo Caproni (1862–1928) was founder and co-owner of PP Caproni & Brother, Boston, Massachusetts, manufacturers of plaster reproductions of classical and contemporary statues. These 'cast' reproductions were, in an era before commercial photography, an integral educational tool in teaching people the history of art and antiquities. The brother in the company's name was Pietro's brother, Emilio. The firm supplied art schools, major universities and museums in the United States and abroad with quality reproductions. It operated under their ownership between 1892 and 1927, the year the company was sold and a year before Pietro's death. Before World War II major United States museums had cast collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Although Caproni did not supply these museums with their casts, he did supply other museums with their casts, including the William J. Battle Collection at the University of Texas, the G
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