Historic Battle Dioramas

Historic battle scene dioramas, commissioned by Harry Bookey and Pamela Bass-Bookey, are on display at the Salisbury House through Aug. 19. Don’t be tempted to dismiss this as a simple display of toy soldiers; the dioramas consist of finely crafted, historically accurate and perfectly scaled sculpted figures in detailed scenes that depict the 1260 Battle of Montaperti in Italy and the Crimean War’s 1854 Battle of Balaclava. Both battles inspired famous artistic works: William Shakespeare modeled the Montague and Capulet families in  “Romeo and Juliet” on the Battle of Montaperti; and the Battle of Balaclava gained fame through Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” Italian Mario Venturi, recognized as one of the world’s finest model soldier artists, created the dioramas, which the Bookeys have lent to the Salisbury House. Exhibit hours are 1-4 p.m. daily (closed Mondays).

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