Macchiaioli Painters and Photography: the History of Art exposed at Museo Alinari of Florence

The whole year, which is coming to an end, has shown as absolute protagonist of Florence painting universe, Giovanni Fattori, undisputed master of the Italian Macchiaioli.

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Four different exhibitions have been organized in honor of this great artist, four exhibitions which have shown the public hundreds of significant and exceptionally beautiful artworks, some of which have been subject of an exhibition for the first time.

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In fact, after “Fattori and Naturalism in Tuscany”, “The places of Giovanni Fattori” and “The other side of the soul. Portraits of Giovanni Fattori”, in the Museo Alinari halls of Florence, the extraordinary exhibition “Macchiaioli Painters and Photography” has just come and it will last until 15th February 2009.

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The event will exhibit about 200 artworks among pictures and photographs, and it is organized in order to lead visitors through an artistic and historical itinerary, created by pictures and eternally captured in photographs.  The last exhibition in chronological order, but surely not least as regarding importance, it entirely faces the theme of the relationship between the painting of the greatest representatives of Macchiaioli movement and the new way of creating images, photography.

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And it’s just the power of capturing, trapping, stopping the light, the colours and the thousands shades of the lens, which make photography and the Macchiaioli painting particularly similar. Without any line of demarcation or objects’ contour, as in photographs, the painting of these artists is made up of real “splashes of colour” (“macchie” in Italian, and from here the name of the movement), wisely laid upon each other to recreate the natural appearance of an image.

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Therefore, this exhibition is really peculiar and innovative, and in the intention of paying homage to a great artist as Giovanni Fattori, also tries to incline fans and not fans towards art.

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“Macchiaioli painters and photography” awaits you all at Museo Alinari in Florence until 15th February 2009. So guys, what are you waiting for? Christmas is near, Florence is amazing and there’s nothing better than a lovely week-end dedicated to art!

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