Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fattori e Il Naturalismo in Toscana

Villa Bardini Fattori Exhibit Brochure Villa Bardini Fattori Exhibit Brochure

We caught the exhibit Fattori e Il Naturalismo in Toscana today at Villa Bardini. Fattori is the last name of the Italian artist Giovanni Fattori (1825 – 1908) who was the founder of the important Tuscan painting movement called Macchiaioli. The Macchiaioli movement took place in the second half of the 19th century in Italy and is considered by some to be the forerunner of the Impressionist movement in France. The Macchiaioli painters painted nature as they saw it in the Tuscan countryside and even cities. The name of the movement derives from the word “macchia” or spot.

The exhibit contains 35 paintings – many never on public display before. The Roberto Capucci exhibit can also be seen on the same entrance ticket but not the garden, unfortunately. Be sure to stop and enjoy the view from the top floors of the museum back on to the city. The Bardini museum sits quite a bit above the city, yet isn’t that far away.

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