Monday, September 22, 2008

Ditta S. Poggi Art Supplies near the Pantheon in Rome

My one 'souvenir' from Rome was purchased at Ditta S. Poggi Art Supplies.
I fell in love with the restoration pigments they sell under the Poggi name. The names of the colors alone are enough to start a gals creative wheels spinning...Blu Ercolano, Giallo Margherita, Rosso Laccato, Blu Cobaltato, Verde Vagone. I also got one of the big sacks of Rosso Ercolano. It appears to be that red orange that I adore. We had been to Herculaneum (Ercolano) and had seen some of the frescos so it was exciting to find the names Ercolano in the pigments.

Fresco at Hercolaneum (Ercolano)

We stumbled on the shop accidentally on our way to the Pantheon. You can click on the photos to see them larger - the color is gorgeous.

Stacks of color - I wanted to move in to the shop.

The window was only a mild hint as to what was inside.

Frommer's Review of the store:

The best art supply store in Rome has been selling to artists since 1825. That makes it too young to have come to the aid of da Vinci or Michelangelo, but many of the most famous artists of the 19th and 20th centuries shopped here for materials to aid them in their art. There are a lot of one-of-a-kind items of interest to artists. The staff also organizes painting courses taught by skilled Roman artists.

Rome Review for the store:
Ditta Poggi (Pantheon):
February 4, 2007 12:25 by CharlieQ
Materials Worthy of the Masters

So you're a painter coming to Rome? Know this: Ditta Poggi is your Mecca for materials, as it was for such artists like Morandi, De Chirico, Guttuso, and, for me, the most notable, il grande Balthus! In fact, one of the "personaggi" (notable personalities) that work at Ditta Poggi is Memmo, the man who once personally prepared canvas with a special surface just for Balthus! Ask Memmo to tell you about it?he'll be happy to do so with a sparkle in his eye. In fact, look for a picture that might be hanging on the wall or sitting on an easel that shows Memmo at dinner with Balthus. Ditta Poggi has been around since 1825... and you can feel it. There is an energy to this place. Ragazzi, mi raccomando, while you are there getting supplies, take some time to absorb some of this "metaphysical mojo". It might pay off more than the materials.

Finding out the history of the shop fit in very well to the Rome experience. The new and the old layered on top of each other - a rich history with so much depth it is delicious. I wonder if Memmo was there that day? I'll never know, I'm just glad we found the shop.


Studio Panorama said...

Oh MY. What inspiration. This shop is going on my list.
Bev F

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Bella Bella Bella = fantastique!!!

Maija said...

You sure know how to shop, girl!

Robyn said...

Oh boy.... paradise!

inventivesoul said...

What a delightful shop, and I enjoyed seeing pictures of your other Rome stops.
The shoes at the entrance, aisle, of the shop is a great idea.
The handbags are pretty nice too!

Rome reminds me of NYC (Where I am from)

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.
I've seen your work before, and I admire it.
Amber Dawn

Dayna Collins said...

Man, oh man, I wish I would have known about this shop! Dang . . .

elisa said...

That's great Theresa, very helpful.

Do you know if Colore in Polvere Extraf. Blu Ercolano is the equivalent of Cerulean Cobalt blue?


elisa said...

That's great Theresa, very helpful.

Do you know if Colore in Polvere Extraf. Blu Ercolano is the equivalent of Cerulean Cobalt blue?


theresa martin said...

Thanks for stopping by. Sorry but I don't know the answer to your question.