Cassiano dal Pozzo was a 16th century Italian scholar and patron of arts who collected a vast number of works on paper including drawings, illustrations and correspondence with scientists, artists, botanists and close friends such as Nicolas Poussin and Galileo. The collection is now kept in London at Windsor Castle, the British Museum, the British Library, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and the library of Sir John Soane's Museum. Ian has painted some of the notebooks from the collection, directly onto a bare wood panel, highlighting the beauty of the wood and set in a tray frame.
Ian Robinson's work is concerned with obsessions and the back-stories of collections. His photorealistic paintings of the objects of collections began when he was still at college, and he started to paint pictures of his own record collection. Upon moving to London, he suddenly found he had access to numerous other collections, including those of Sir John Soane, Cassiano Dal Pozzo, and Aby Warburg, and his focus has switched from music to literature. When he visits the collections, he makes drawings and takes photos, and then scales these up, sometimes by hand, sometimes by projecting the photograph on to the canvas, and paints them in minute detail over a period of months. The results are ...
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