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Tommaso di Savoia, Duke of Genoa, with Vittorio Emanuele III, ASTO

Duca di Genova

In the late 1990s, the Archivio di Stato di Torino and Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia of Turin, embarked on a joint operation that entailed the historical analysis, restoration and cataloguing of part of the collection of photographs in the “Duca di Genova” archival fonds.

These are photographs that belong to Tommaso di Savoia, the second Duke of Genoa (1854-1931). The photographs are of a wide range of subjects, for example: members of the royal family, friends and pets of the Duke of Genoa; parades, processions, ceremonies and social events; family properties, such as Aglié castle; arms and warships. The photographs collected by the Duke on his travels around the world, from 1879 to 1881 when he commanded the corvette “Vettor Pisani”, are an interesting testimony of the habits and customs of distant populations

The photographs are an exceptional testimony of the years of the “Belle Époque”, the First World War and the Fascist period; they were in a poor state of conservation, and have been restored in the restoration laboratory in San Casciano de’ Bagni (Siena), and then catalogued by the Italian Photography Foundation of Turin. 1097 photographs were also reproduced in digital format and they can be consulted, together with the respective descriptive file, on the following page.

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