DON TROIANI | A Closer Look
DON TROIANI is a traditional academic realist painter well known for his highly accurate historical and military paintings mostly of the Civil War and American Revolution. He was born in New York City in 1949 and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts and New York City's Art Student’s League between 1967 and 1971.
Don Troiani's lifelong focus on America's military heritage enabled him to present that subject with extremely high fidelity. He has one of the great private artifact study collections of Civil War, War of 1812, Revolutionary War, and World War II uniforms, equipage, insignia and weapons which he calls on to add the unique dimension of realism he is well known for. He is also an expert researcher with a huge personal Military library of over 3,000 volumes. The garb and gear of each figure are painstakingly researched. Appropriate backgrounds are found and studied, sometimes sending the artist hundreds of miles from home to examine battlefields and structures firsthand. Because of the great amount of research that goes into one of his works, it is often years between a painting's conception and the actual moment the brush is put to canvas.
Hollywood has enlisted him as consultant on Civil War uniforms and equipage for the feature film "Cold Mountain" starring Nicole Kidman, Rene Zellweger and Jude Law for which he received screen credit, as well as "Cold Mountain, The Journey from book to film." Troiani has also been military advisor (and made appearances) on "Civil Journal" and the miniseries "The American Revolution" done by The A&E network, 52 episodes of the History Channel's Television appearances on "Missing Reward", "Incurable Collector", and "Hunt for Amazing Treasures" are among his other television credits. The most recent use of his works is in the upcoming film, "Night at the Museum 3" by 20th Century Fox.
Mr. Troiani is regularly contacted by major museums and collectors from across the country because of his extensive knowledge of military artifacts. He has appraised collections in the Connecticut State Capitol, Connecticut State Library, Atlanta History Center (Atlanta Historical Society), and Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans. Numerous items from his militaria collection have appeared in the acclaimed Time-Life "Echoes Of Glory" series on the Civil War and various other publications. Other artifacts of his have been loaned for exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, Delaware Historical Society, Connecticut Museum of History, Pamplin Park, The West Point Museum, Virginia Historical Society and the National Park Service Visitors Center in Gettysburg, PA.Troiani's artwork has appeared in television productions on NBC, CPTV, CNN, FOX. Some include: “The Colbert Report”, “O’Reilly Factor”, the A&E Military and Discovery channels, and in uncounted prestigious publications including: "The Washington Post", "The Washington Times", "U.S. News and World Reports", "American Heritage", "American Rifleman", "Civil War Times"," Los Angeles Times", "The Arizona Republic", "America's Civil War", "USA Today", "The Hartford Courant", "Southwest Art", "Southern Accents", "The Boston Globe", "Connecticut Magazine", "The New York Times", "Smithsonian", "Antiques and Arts Weekly", "Litchfield County Times", "Coin World", "Waterbury Republican American", "Civil War News", "Danbury News Times", "The Courier News", "The Gettysburg Times", "America's Civil War", "The Bridgeport Post", "Military History", "Man at Arms" ,"Numismatist", "The Quarterly Journal of Military History", "International Churchill Society", "Confederate Veteran", "Art Business News"," North and South Magazine", "The Times Picayune", and "Antiques Road Show Insider ".
His work as also appeared as cover art on scores of books as well as on America Online .
Troiani has also authored or co-authored "Don Troiani's Civil War", "Soldiers in America 1754- 1865", "Military Buttons of the American Revolution", “Soldiers of the American Revolution”, "Don Troiani's Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War", "American Battles - The Art of the Nation at War 1754 - 1865", "Insignia of Independence - Military Buttons, Accoutrement Plates, & Gorgets of the American Revolution" in addition to numerous articles on military artifacts.
His art work is represented/exhibited in the collections of “American Heritage Magazine”, Time-Life Books, The Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Ga., Smithsonian Magazine and the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology, McGraw-Hill, the National Park Service, Gettysburg National Historical Park, Fort Necessity National Historical Park, Ft. Scott National Historical Park, Guilford Court House National Historical Park, Fort Stanwix National Historical Park, Saratoga National Historical Park, Boston National Historical Park, Cowpens National Historical Park, St. Martins Press, Petersburg National Historical Park, Morristown National Historical Park, U.S. Army War College, Minuteman National Historical Park, Putnam Memorial State Park, U.S. Marine Corps Museum, Pejebscot Historical Society, Brunswick, Maine, Command General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, The Charleston Museum, North Carolina Museum of History, Parks of Canada, the Pentagon, U.S. Army National Guard Bureau, the Pennsylvania National Guard, New York State Military Museum, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, West Point Museum -United States Military Academy, Pamplin Park, Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark, U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley Kansas, The Greensboro Historical Museum, War Library and Museum of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S., Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, Mass., and the National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His works can be seen at the Pentagon, lining the halls, commemorating the U.S. Marines. The Tea Party Museum in Boston Mass, also has his artwork displayed on their walls as an integral part of their historical teachings. Some will be shown at the Washington Monument, Washington DC as well as the soon to open National Museum of the United States Army (Fort Belvoir, VA) in 2017.
In 1995 he designed the three Civil War battlefield commemorative coins for the United States Mint. His work has also appeared on a U.S. postal card commemorating the 350th anniversary of the U.S. National Guard. Troiani is also a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award of the United States National Guard.
He has served on the advisory board to the Anne Brown Library, Providence, RI and Civil War Trust.
Currently he is working on a series of paintings of the major battles and incidents of the American Revolution.