Beth Scanlon’s exquisite cartonnage, decoupage and dioramas, under her label Scanlon Apparati, are coveted creations of functional art. And whether you are an art history cognoscenti (her work often has historical references) or merely admirer of her beautiful designs, it’s impossible not to appreciate her meticulous craftsmanship and imaginative vision. Influenced by a personal and romantic interpretation of Seventeenth Century Baroque decorations created with colored paper and canvas called Apparati, her work is a delight.
Her one of a kind interior portraits such as this are an extension of her artistic talent.
“I first entered the cartonnage field to make folios for my interior watercolors. This 6.5” x 6.5” watercolor of the Vanvitelli room of the Palazzo Colonna in Rome represents a full circle in my career. Galleria Colonna tells us Gaspar van Wittel (1653-1736) known as Vanvitelli was one of the earliest veduta artists and served as inspiration to Venetian artists Canaletto and Guardi. This watercolor is presented in a folder covered and lined with Venetian hand blocked paper, 13” x 15”. I find the art history of it all pleasing, it might serve as a souvenir of one’s contemporary grand tour.” – Beth Scanlon, founder of Scanlon Apparati
6.5” x 6.5” is the size of the actual painting, with the borders the artwork is 10” x 11.75”