The Archive of a 19th-Century Self-Made Man. Santo Varni Sculptor, Collector and 'Connoisseur'
Keywords:Santo Varni, Connoisseurship, Collecting, Museology, Giovan Battista Cavalcaselle
Following the discovery of a fundamental part of his archives, it is now possible to review the eclectic figure of Santo Varni (1807-1885). Known as a skilled sculptor, Santo Varni was also a collector, connoisseur, advisor, merchant, superintendent, and «restorer». His ingenious and multifaceted personality is documented starting from the archival papers he preserved and catalogued.
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