Don Troiani

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Don Troiani
Americans in Champagne-Marne offensive.jpg
Americans, in World War I, fighting the Germans, in the Champagne-Marne Offensive, 1918, painting by American artist, Don Troiani
Born 1949
New York City
Nationality American
Education Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Don Troiani (born 1949) is an American painter whose work focuses on his native country's military heritage, mostly from the American Revolution, War of 1812 and American Civil War. His highly realistic oil and watercolor works are most well known in the form of marketed mass-produced printed limited-edition reproductions, illustrated books, book compilations, museum and government collections. He is also a militaria collector.


Troiani was born in New York City and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and New York City's Art Students League between 1967 and 1971.

Artistic style and historical accuracy of paintings[edit]

Don Troiani's paintings are realistic and academic in style, mostly oil on canvas or Gouache on paper. He uses posed models with clothing and equipment from his collection of original uniforms, equipage, insignia and weapons. Troiani also studies battlefields, weather conditions, and structures depicted in his paintings firsthand. 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 anniversary of the U.S. National Guard. Troiani is also a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award of the United States National Guard.

Troiani's artwork has appeared on various media including, NBC/Universal, CPTV, CNN, America Online, The O'Reilly Factor, the A&E, Military and Discovery channels, U.S. Department of State, The Washington Post, "American Revolution Center, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, US News and World Reports, The Washington Times, National Geographic, USA Today, American Heritage, American Rifleman,American Indian Magazine, Civil War Times, The Arizona Republic, America's Civil War, The Hartford Courant, Southwest Art, Southern Accents, The Boston Globe, Connecticut Magazine, Smithsonian, Antiques and Arts Weekly, Litchfield County Times, Coin World, Waterbury Republican American, Civil War News, Danbury News Times, VFW Magazine, The Courier News, Barnes and Noble Books, Sterling Publishing, The Gettysburg Times, America's Civil War, The Bridgeport Post, Military History, Man at Arms, Numismatist, The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Pallasch Magazine (Austria), P.M. Magazine (Germany), Publicat (Poland), International Churchill Society, Militerhistorie (Norway), Confederate Veteran, Art Business News, North and South Magazine, Civil War Preservation Trust, The Times Picayune, Warner Brothers Productions, both publications of the Daughters/Sons of the American Revolution , Antiques Roadshow FYI Magazine, and Scholastic Inc.

Militaria collector[edit]

Troiani has an extensive collection of Civil War, War of 1812, Revolutionary War, and World War II uniforms, equipage, insignia and weapons. He also consults and appraises for museums and collectors on the subject of military artifacts. Items from his militaria collection have appeared in the Time-Life "Echoes Of Glory" series on the Civil War. 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, Pennsylvania.

Historical consultant[edit]

Troiani has been a consultant on Civil War uniforms and equipage for the feature film, Cold Mountain,[1][2] 52 Episodes of History Channel's Civil War Journal, and the A&E miniseries The American Revolution.

Institutions Holding or Displaying Examples of His Work[edit]

  • The Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, GA.
  • Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology
  • The Washington Monument
  • Gettysburg National Historical Park
  • U.S. Army War College
  • U.S. Marine Corps Museum
  • American Revolution Center
  • National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA.
  • Parks of Canada
  • United States Mint
  • West Point Museum
  • The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • Pamplin Park
  • Heritage Plantation, Sandwich, MA.
  • National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA
  • Minuteman National Historical Park
  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, Boston, MA.
  • Cowpens National Historical Park,
  • Fort Stanwix National Historical Park, Rome, N.Y.
  • U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley, Kansas
  • U.S. Army Center of Military History
  • Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
  • U.S. Marine Corps Museum
  • Boston National Historical Park
  • Oneida Indian Nation
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
  • Morristown National Historical Park
  • U.S. Army National Guard Bureau
  • Greensboro Historical Museum
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Guilford Court House National Park
  • Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market VA
  • Pritzker Military Museum & Library
  • Union League of Philadelphia


Books authored and co-authored by Don Troiani:



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