Fattori and Naturalism in Tuscany - Guided visits for individuals - foreign language

In 2008, Florence will celebrate the centenary of the death of Giovanni Fattori, the leader of Macchiaioli painting movement in Tuscany. Fattori was also a very good witness of the uniting of the Italian nation in the second half of 19th century. The events and exhibitions dedicated to Fattori will probably be the main cultural event in Florence in this period.

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Florence, Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2.

Exhibition times
March 18th to June 22nd 2008
Closed the first and last Monday of the month
Guided visits in foreign language, duration 45 minutes, for groups from 1 to 14 persons, only full price tickets.
From Mondat to Friday: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 e 14:30
Saturday and Sunday: 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 e 17:30

Free guided tours are available, that cannot be reserved, from Monday to Friday at 15.30, 16.30 e 17.30, and Saturday and Sunday at 9.30, 10.30 e 11.30.

One working day after completing your request, you will get the confirmation mail, containing a link you must visit to print your voucher. Voucher must be shown at the entrance of the exhibition to pick kreserved tickets up; please remember the exhibition staff will not accept other docuements to pick tickets up.

Cancellation Policy:
For cancellations once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus guide cost and service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

Free bus
A free bus will be available for visitors, everyday from 9:00 to 13.00 and from 15:00 to 19:00, departing from Piazza Poggi to Costa San Giorgio and return
From Piazza Poggi
From Costa San Giorgio

Belvedere Bardini Bus
managed by ATAF
Active from Paril 1st to June 22nd
Itinerary: Forte Belvedere - Villa Bardini
Stops: Piazza Pitti, Via Maggio, Borgo San Iacopo, Via dei Bardi, Ponte alle Grazie lato via dei Renai, Porta San Niccolò, Via di Belvedere, Forte Belvedere, Villa Bardini
Time: from 09:00 to 20.00

Fattori and Naturalism in Tuscany

It was a revolutionary movement in painting, and one of its primary personalities, Giovanni Fattori, was equally revolutionary. Both he and the movement were Tuscan, but the art was so powerful that it eventually burst out of its regional boundaries and instilled life into Impressionism. Florence and the Macchiaioli are inextricably linked, and for this reason the city has summoned art and art scholars to celebrate the centenary of Fattori's death. He actually died at Florence's Fine Arts Academy, as if to underline that he originated from that institution and it was only from that institution that he could take his leave. Fattori, the leading light of the movement, will feature in a cycle of celebratory events: four exhibitions and a conference, mostly towards the end of 2008.

The first show, Fattori and Naturalistic Painting in Tuscany, will be hosted in the exhibition halls of Villa Bardini in Florence, from March 19 to June 22. The show is based on an important group of works of naturalistic subject, about 40 paintings, nearly all of large format, some of which never before seen by the public.

The objective of the exhibition is that of documenting Fattori's influence on work by the second generation of Macchiaioli painters, who were linked to him through artistic proximity and by friendship, indirectly acknowledging his role as initiator of the school, even though they were not strictly speaking his pupils. Works by Fattori are thus compared with paintings by eight artists from the following generation, important exponents in the Naturalistic current which, in the early 20th century, were so successful that they eclipsed the Macchiaioli.

These painters are cousins Adolfo and Angelo Tommasi, Raffaello Sorbi, Eugenio Cecconi, Guglielmo Micheli, Ruggero Panerai, Francesco Gioli, Niccolò Cannicci and Egisto Ferroni. The latter three were the greatest artists in the Tuscan Naturalist current, and though their roots can be identified in the "marks" or "brushstrokes" ("macchia") that gave the Macchiaioli style its name, they tended to concentrate on social subjects and work in the fields, which had already been introduced into the accepted range of pictorial themes by the realistic paintings made from the mid 19th century on.

To facilitate the interpretation and comparison of the works, the show is divided into four sections according to the themes most popular with Fattori and his naturalistic followers: Painting in the fields, Society Naturalism, the Maremma, and Urban scenes.

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