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Portrait of the Artist

Greenville resident Michael Del Priore paints a regal picture


By John Jeter
OCTOBER 1, 2014

About 45 minutes outside of town sits a home with a stairway straight to the nineteenth century. When you step inside Michael Del Priore’s painting studio, a tuxedoed mannequin welcomes you to an exhilarating confusion of collectibles: a nine-foot-long Japanese coromandel; busts of Apollo, Lincoln, Hugo, Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Wagner; bishops’ chasubles; a firefighter’s helmet, cadet’s cap and derby; antique toy cars; death masks, a skull, and a skeleton; an old box camera; and elaborate century-old easels that look like they could double as torture racks for hobbits or gnomes. And then there are the books. Books everywhere, mostly art books, coffee-table tomes filled with images of the world’s greatest artworks. One of the books bears an inscription to Del Priore from Richard Ormond, the great nephew of John Singer Sargent.

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