WhereScuderie del Castello Visconteo (Pavia)
CategoryModern & Contemporary Art
Good To KnowOpen also Mondays, Outside Milan
September 19, 2015
January 31, 2016
The exhibition I Macchiaioli at the Scuderie del Castello Visconteo in Pavia investigates the protagonists and the development of the Macchiaioli, the art movement that was essential for the birth of modern Italian painting.
The Macchiaioli movement was active in the second half of the 19th century and consisted of a group of Italian painters who broke with the conventions taught by the Italian art academies. To capture natural light, they did much of their painting outdoors, just like the French Impressionists did around that time.
The exhibition’s subtitle is Una rivoluzione d’arte al Caffè Michelangelo (An art revolution at Caffè Michelangelo), which refers to the bar in Florence where the young artists would gather and share their desire to paint in a truthful way. The name Macchiaioli means “the stainers” and is derived from the Italian word macchia for stain. It was first used by a journalist who meant it in a denigrating way, but was soon adopted by artists as a badge of honour.
The most important names associated with the movement are Telemaco Signorini, Giovanni Fattori, Giuseppe Abbati, Silvestro Lega, Vincenzo Cabianca, Adriano Cecioni, Vito d’Ancona, Raffaello Sernesi and Odoardo Borrani, and work of all these artists is included in the exhibition.