An exhibit at Florence's Academy of Fine arts chronicles the "places" of Giovanni Fattori, the famous painter from the "macchiaiolo" movement. Giovanni Fattori drew inspiration from a variety of sources, from English monarchs to military battles. But he was arguably most successful in his depiction of his homeland. Saturated blues and golden expanses of grain. A look at life in the fields, the sweat and toil measured with every solid brushstroke. Pictures of country life that tell a different kind of Florentine story. A snapshot of the agricultural economy that characterised Tuscany not only in Fattori's time, but well into the 20th century. Fattori's talent and dedication shines through in a variety of media from etchings to drawings to paintings. But there was some pepper in his personality--in one of his first evaluations at Florence's Academy of Fine Arts, his teachers noted him as "raucous, arrogant and rude." Fattori went on to become a beloved teacher at the Academy, personally overseeing the first group of female students admitted to the prestigious institution in 1886. Just maybe, among these angelic faces, there was a student who was as much of an upstart as the young Fattori himself.
Florence - Academy of Fine Arts – Via Ricasoli 66
From September 19th to November 23, 2008
Opening hours: 9 - 19
Regular Admission: 5 euro
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