Metropolitan Museum of Art internship a ‘dream opportunity’ for Perse pupil
2 Jul 2019
Camillo Padulli (Year 11) will be spending part of his summer taking part in an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York.
He will be working in the world-renowned museum’s Greek and Roman department after earning a much sought-after placement, having heard about the internship scheme for teenagers during a trip to the MET while visiting family in the Big Apple last summer.
Having enjoyed going to the MET since he was a young child, Camillo described the placement as “a dream opportunity”, especially as he will be able to indulge his passion for the classics.
He said: “I felt an overwhelming sense of euphoria. This was the culmination of many of my dreams since I was a young child and to have been given this chance to work with a collection that I love so much was simply dumbfounding. When I first received the email, I could not really believe it. I was almost in a state of shock. However, when the realisation did begin to dawn on me this shock morphed into a feeling of pure joy at being given this incredible opportunity.
“I have been interested in the classics since I was a young child, when my mother bought me a large illustrated book which retold some of the Greek myths. From that moment onward, classics and, in particular, ancient history, have been my favourite subjects.
“As I grew older though, my interest began to broaden from the myths that riveted me as child to the subject in general, as I became fascinated with classical history and the truths behind the myths. This led me to the world of early Greece and from there I became fascinated in the entire topic of classics, from the Mycenaeans to the Roman Empire.
“The main reason I love classics even today is because it holds incredible parallels for the modern world. For example, the political intrigue at the imperial court of Rome is mirrored in our time through the manoeuvring we see in the fraught political situation in Westminster now, 2,000 years later.
“However, it is the art of the classical period that has always captivated me more than anything else because it is through this art that I am able to look into the face of people like Alexander or Augustus and immerse myself in the classical world. This is something that I thoroughly enjoy. The superb realism of early Roman and Hellenistic art can truthfully transport one back into the ancient world.”
To be in with a chance of gaining an internship, Camillo had to fill out a detailed application form and have an interview, in which he had to explain his passion for art, why he felt diversity in art is important and who inspired him to appreciate art. Classics teacher Richard Morgan also provided an “astounding” letter of recommendation for Camillo.
He will largely be investigating the background of certain artworks in the museum’s Cypriot collection and writing information labels for them, as well as researching a number of Hellenistic pieces to find out more about them.
Camillo said he was looking forward to the experience and the chance to broaden his knowledge of classical art as well as discovering how museums are able to interest people, especially in the digital age.