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7 June 2024

When Sports Inspire Art: The Olympic Games

Get ready as Paris gears up to host the XXXIV edition of the Olympic Games from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, August 11, 2024. Scala Archives is celebrating this global event with a captivating visual journey through the artistic representation of sports.

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Capturing History Through Images: The Journey from D-Day to the Liberation of Paris (June 6th-August 25th, 1944)

22 May 2024

Within Scala’s collections, you can explore war reports, military documents, propaganda posters, and historical records that provide a fresh perspective on pivotal historical moments, such as the Battle of Normandy. Not to mention the contemporary photo shoots focused on memorials available, which offers additional insights into this significant period of history.

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We carefully selected 12 Masterpieces from the London National Gallery to celebrate its 200th Anniversary

7 May 2024

To celebrate the Museum’s 200th anniversary, the London National Gallery will send 12 masterpieces from its permanent collection to 12 museums and galleries across the United Kingdom; they will be unveiled  simultaneously on May 10th .  

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The 7 Wonders of the World: Ancient and Modern

16 April 2024

Explore the 7 wonders of the ancient world and the 7 wonders of the modern world through our collection of documentary photography, historical documents and video clips, now accessible via our website for your “in motion” projects. 

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International Women’s Day: Interview with Chiara Dynys

5 March 2024

In honour of International Women’s Day, we have the pleasure of interviewing Chiara Dynys, an esteemed artist who has had a significant impact on the Italian contemporary art scene. It was almost a decade ago that Chiara selected Scala to license her artwork and handle her copyright, as she strived to share her uniquely imaginative work with audiences worldwide.

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Paris: the city of love through the lenses of Brassaï, André Kertész, and Willy Ronis

1 February 2024

Scala is delighted to invite you on a journey to Paris to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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“Alas rotas”. Frida Kahlo in 5 bullet points

9 January 2024

In 2024, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

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Following the Silk Road. Tribute to Marco Polo, 700 years after his death

7 December 2023

January 8, 2024, marks the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo’s death. Marco Polo, a medieval merchant and traveller, is renowned worldwide for his incredible adventures.  

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Poetry and aesthetic: an interview with the Italian photographer Gabriele Croppi

20 November 2023

Scala is pleased to represent Gabriele Croppi’s photographic archive worldwide. Gabriele Croppi not only carries out photo shoots for popular travel magazines, including Bell’Italia, but is also the author of the black and white urban project Metaphysics and is professor of Cultural Heritage Photography in Genoa

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In Search of Christopher Columbus’s Letters

27 October 2023

The most frequently stolen, pilfered, and repurchased letters in history

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Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks: not only technology

12 October 2023

The Victoria & Albert’s Forster Codices are now fully digitalized.

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“You press the button, we’ll do the rest” From Kodak No.1 to color photography

1 September 2023

September 4 marks the 135th anniversary of the birth of the Kodak brand and the first film camera, as per patent no. 3888,850 filed in the State of New York by George Eastman.

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The Lobster Dress. A fashion icon’s story.

19 July 2023

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, deceased in Paris on November 13, 1973. Scala remembers this great twentieth century Haute Couture interpreter…

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I chase the light – Interview with Manuel Cohen, photographer

31 May 2023

Scala is thrilled to represent and offer worldwide the images from the archives of Manuel Cohen. Manuel is a French professional photographer specializing in photographing works of art, monuments and cultural sites. In this exclusive interview…

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600 fragments and one photograph. The restoration of Bartolomeo Manfredi’s “Card Players”

23 May 2023

Thirty years after the Georgofili massacre, ordered by the Cosa Nostra criminal organization, we
remember this somber anniversary that shook Florence and Italy with a story of rebirth.

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Jewelry: 5 unmissable collections

5 May 2023

5 unmissable collections, represented by Scala Archives, that you should visit to learn about the history of jewelry from its origins to the 20th century.

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The National Portrait Gallery in London

18 April 2023

A journey among the portraits of the National Portrait Gallery in London that Scala is pleased to represent as official agent in Italy and in other countries.

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100 Years of Maria Callas

20 March 2023

2023 marks 100 years since the birth of soprano Maria Callas (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977). Scala Archives traces the most significant moments in the Divina’s life through vintage photos and videos.

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Gisèle Freund, pioneer of photography and women’s rights

8 March 2023

On International Women’s Day, Scala Archives offers an in-depth look at a woman whose efforts helped change customs and prejudices within a profession that was considered the realm of men for much of the 20th century.

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Pablo Picasso in 10 works. A brief guide to a twentieth-century genius.

26 January 2023

To summarize Pablo Picasso’s life as a man and an artist in a few paragraphs would be terribly reductive and useless. Hence in order to participate in the celebration of the great anniversary of 2023, that dedicated to the 50th anniversary…

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Italian Fashion. From Florence to international museums.

13 January 2023

The year 2022 marked the seventieth anniversary since the catwalk debut of Italian Fashion. Florence was the crossroads of creativity and experimentation, and to this day Pitti Immagine is a catalyst for new cosmopolitan lifestyles.

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TRAVEL: Explore this theme within Scala Archives

22 November 2022

Travel related content is extremely diverse in nature and seemingly endless in quantity. Within the Scala archives you can, in fact, select among travel related instruments, old maps and cartography, landscape photos and travel documentation, postcards or vintage posters, art, objects and more.

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Whitney Museum of American Art

19 October 2022

With more than 25,000 works by more than 3,700 American artists, it is the world’s premier museum devoted to 20th and 21st century American art. Scala Archives is honored to represent the Whitney’s collection as its exclusive worldwide agent.

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Celebrating Antonio Canova

13 October 2022

In occasion of the two hundredth anniversary from the death of the universally acclaimed sculptor Antonio Canova, Scala wishes to celebrate his life with a short journey through some of his most important works.

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Autumn inspirations

10 October 2022

Autumn ushers in beautiful colors and a few special events… discover more image related to the autumn!

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Queen Elizabeth II

10 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II, a role model for many female leaders, symbol of a century, died on 8 September 2022. See her life in photos.

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CCP – Center for Creative Photography, Arizona

12 August 2022

With about 270 archival collections, the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson is the most prestigious university institution for the study of Photography…

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19 July 2022

Today, Scala Archives is one of the essential sources for illustrating projects dedicated to Design and its history. Thanks to partnerships with prestigious museums such …

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De Agostini Picture Library

15 June 2022

With about 1 million photographs, De Agostini Picture Library is the richest Italian photographic collection to illustrate projects of history, nature, science and ancient civilizations…

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Matisse: The Red Studio – MoMA

1 May 2022

On the occasion of the exhibition held by MoMA (May 1 – September 10, 2022), we propose a focus on this masterpiece by Matisse: The Red Studio (1911)…

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Centre des Monuments Nationaux

18 February 2022

With over 100 national monuments represented, the CMN (Centre des Monuments Nationaux) is the designated institution for the protection and promotion of the French Cultural Heritage…

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Women and Science

22 December 2021

On 22 December 2015, the UN General Assembly established the World Day of Women and Girls in Science, to recognize the fundamental role that women and girls play in science and technological development…

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May 5, 1821 – May 5, 2021 Bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte

5 May 2021

Two hundred years ago, on May 5, 1821, during his exile on the island of Saint Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte died.

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The jewel of the Italian Navy celebrates its 90th anniversary

22 February 2021

On February 12, 1931 the training ship Amerigo Vespucci was launched at the Royal Shipyard.

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50 years since the Apollo 14 landing

8 February 2021

On 31 January 1971 the Apollo 14 mission left; destination, Fra Mauro highlands.

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VII Centenary of the Death of Dante Alighieri

2 January 2021

“And so we went out to see the stars again” – Inferno canto XXXIV verse 139

How many idioms taken from the Divine Comedy do we use without noticing? …

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