Andy Volpe: Art & History

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Andy Volpe’s hand-engraved replica copy of Paul Revere’s infamous “Bloody Massacre” print, created for the 250th Anniversary of the event
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Andy Volpe (Andrew P. Volpe)  is an Artist and Living History presenter in the Worcester, Massachusetts area.

He studies and works in the drawing and printing techniques of the Old Masters, lectures and demonstrates these techniques covering the 1400's - 1800's, and also gives presentations on the Roman Legionary soldier to schools, colleges and libraries.  He has also presented at museums and institutions.He holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Fine Arts from Westfield State University where he studied Drawing and Printmaking with some Art History thrown in for good measure.  He's been independently studying the Old Masters utilizing translations and facsimilie copies of surviving manuscripts, treatises and manuals in art.  His artwork, including Archaeological and Artifact illustrations, have been published (more info below).

He is probably best known for his Roman Legionary presentations which he created and developed at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester Massachusetts (where he also presented on Arms & Armor and Historical Fencing/Martial Arts), which unfortunately closed its doors in December 2013 (the collection moved to nearby Worcester Art Museum, incidentally where Andy studied and worked on 17th century printing techniques).  He has been giving (Roman) presentations to schools, colleges, and libraries since 2004, and publicly both at Higgins and at other museums and institutions since 2001.  He has also presented at the Classical Association of New England, Classical Association of Massachusetts, Junior Classical Leagues of Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, HistoryCamp Boston, has presented/displayed with Legion III Cyrenaica at International Archaeology Fairs (sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America) at the Museum of Science in Boston, and at AIA Lectures at Joukowsky Institute / Brown University, and at Roman-themed events at Penn Museum and Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Currently he hand-engraves, hand-prints and hand-colors copies of Paul Revere's engravings, such as the "Boston Massacre" and "Landing of the Troops" for the Printing Office of Edes and Gill at Faneuil Hall, and occassionally demonstrates these techniques at the Office and other Events.

  • In February 2020, Andy completed a full-size, uncut replica copperplate engraving of Revere’s “Bloody Massacre”, as part of the 250th commemoration of the event.  Prints will be made available starting in March 2020, both black-and-white and hand-colored versions available.  A series of Live printing demonstrations and lectures are being scheduled at Worcester Art Museum, the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, the Museum of Printing, and other venues.  If your organization, museum, historical house, historical society, school, library are interested, please contact Andy directly.

 

Intaglio Printmaking demonstrations have been seen at the Museum of Printing, Old Sturbridge Village, Plimoth Plantation and Mashantucket-Pequot Museum.

 

He is an active member of several world respected living history groups spanning ancient Rome, Late Medieval, Early Colonial America, and American Civil War; and is insured through the Living History Association in Vermont.

Andy in his Roman Legionary / Miles gregarious portrayal with Legion III Cyrenaica
Andy has been presenting on Roman Legion arms & armor since 2002.
Andy hand-coloring Revere replica engravings at the former home of the Printing Office of Edes & Gill at the Clough House / Old North Church in North-End Boston. The Printing Office is now located in Faneuil Hall.

 

Living History Groups and Organizations:

- Legion III Cyrenaica; New England region, Roman Legion 1st Century CE

- Legion XX Valeria Victrix; Maryland-Virginia, Roman Legion 1st Century CE

- Company of the Wolfe Argent, New Hampshire/New England, Burgundian Lance 1460-70's

- Salem Trayned Band; Massachusetts Bay Colony / Essex County, Colonial Militia 1630's

- Salem Light Infantry / Salem Zouaves; Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (8th Reg. Co. I/J), 1861

Printing Office of Edes and Gill; Boston MA, Engraver / Printer / Limner 1770's

- Museum of Printing, 15 Thornton Ave, Haverhill MA

- Living History Association, Wilmington VT (Individual & Group Member via Leg. III; provides insurance)

- Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester MA (closed 2013) Education Staff 2002-2006 & 2013, Volunteer 2006-2012)

-- Collection moved to Worcester Art Museum 2013-14 as John Woodman Higgins Collection of arms & armor.

 

Examples of Artwork, including pieces utilizing Old Master's techniques and processes:

 

A silverpoint drawing on sized paper of the Red Tailed Hawk, ala 1520
A showcard using “The Eyes Have It” I, pencils & colored pencils on paper, ca 2000-01
Ferruginous Hawk, an engraving on copper, hand-colored in watercolors, ala 1590-1640
Golden Eagle, an etching & engraving on copper, ala Rembrandt / 1630s.  This is the plate that started Andy on ‘historical printing’ emulating the Old Masters.
Ferruginous Hawk, inked plate (L), print (R)
Tyto Alba (Barn Owl), Silverpoint on sized paper, ala 1520s

Some Prints for the Printing Office of Edes & Gill:

“Soldiers Note” aka “Sword-in-Hand Shilling”, Replica engraving of Paul Revere’s paper currency from 1775.

List of Published Illustrations:

"Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of War", Dr. Kenneth Mondschein, McFarland Press (coming 2017)

- Diagrams of helmets, swords, pole arms and other weaponry (utilizing Museum artifacts)

"Artist In Residence" project, drawing (pretty much) the entire Arms and Armor collection that was on display at Higgins Armory Museum before its closure in 2013.

"Icelanders in the Viking Age: The People of the Saga", Dr. William R. Short, McFarland Press (2010)

- Diagrams of archaeological sites/houses, cross-section plan, conceptual illustrations of ships

"Jarred Expectations" from "Losers and Their Friends" collection, Erin Thorne, Great Old Ones Publ. (2014)

"Rebecca's Hell", Resa Nelson, in Brutarian Quarterly #44 (2005)

Diagram of the Teuffenbach Armor in "Age of Armor" Exhibition Catalog/Booklet, Nationally travelled exhibition, Higgins Armory Museum (2005)

Other Places Online to Find Me:

CreativeGround   Massachusetts Library Dir.    LinkedIn.   NorthShoreArts