From Patches to the Decadentism – Private paintings in the lands of Poliziano

More than 100 paintings and drawings from the troves of collectors connected to the lands of Poliziano. The exhibition takes place in Montepulciano among the unforgettable views of the real Tuscany, starting from paintings of the most important macchiaioli – such as Abbati, Borrani, Signorini, Lega, Fattori – right up to twentieth-century works, touching upon various kinds of painting: landscapes, the portraits, agricultural scenes, cityscapes, contemporary life. The core painters who, in Florence of the eighteen-sixties, worked through the application of “patches” or “stains”, were followed by the protagonists of Tuscan Naturalism and then by artists more involved in the wave of renewal of pictorial languages of the new century. The exhibition, presenting such masterpieces as L’Arno a Varlungo by Odoardo Borrani, is enriched by a large section of drawings, some of which are merely preparatory to famous and important paintings as in the case of the charcoal Butteri in Maremma by Giovanni Fattori and Mercato vecchio by Telemaco Signorini, or Sole a Seravezza by Fidelfio Simi, which are exhibited in the various stages of processing from the first “touch of the pen” to drawings on the canvas. Edited by Silvestra Bietoletti and Roberto Longi, experts in the field of the visual arts, the exhibition is designed by the architect Fabio Fiorini. The project is developed by Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in collaboration with Rotary Club Chianciano-Chiusi-Montepulciano, with the support of the Province of Siena, the patronage of Tuscany Region, the participation of Pro Loco Montepulciano and Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

The exhibition

The exhibition project was conceived and proposed by private collectors who together with local organizations have identified the Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte as executive subject to realize the exhibition. The idea emerged as a result of similar experiences which have made Montepulciano as a city protagonist in the Italian art world, obtaining significant International recognition.  After the exhibition “Macchiaioli in Montepulciano” (in 2010) and ” Giorgio de Chirico. The portrait ” (in 2013), it aims to revive the cultural activity of Montepulciano, so as to enrich the sensitivity of the area and integrate both the tourist offers for national and international guests. To ensure adequate scientific authority to the planning, two art experts, in the role of curators were consulted. Professor Silvestra Bietoletti, art historian, lecturer, author of essays and prestigious books curator and expert of the painting school of the Macchiaioli. Roberto Longi, Professor and director of the Museo Civico of Montepulciano – Pinacoteca Crociani, boasts extensive experience in curating exhibitions and events. The exhibition is managed by Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, Fondazione Musei Senesi and Rotary Club.

Project Exhibition

From patches to Decadentism. Private paintings in the lands of Poliziano: the title clearly illustrates the theme of the exhibition and the historical period which the approximately one hundred works presented in Montepulciano housed in the Civic Museum Crociani and the Fortress belong to. Paintings and drawings from the collections of collectors connected to the land of the Val di Chiana, and in the wake of the success of the exhibition Macchiaioli in Montepulciano, set up in 2010, they decided to lend their masterpieces and private unpublished, works so continuing the generosity already demonstrated on that occasion. The itinerary of the exhibition starts from a painting by Giuseppe Abbati macchiaiolo following through to the twentieth century paintings by Adolfo Tommasi, Pliny Nomellini, the Cetona Lionello Balestrieri, focuses on some of the topics of great suggestion among those who most inspired artists and solicited their research: the landscape, the portrait, the life in the fields, the urban view. The core of painters that in Florence in the eighteen sixties elaborated the ‘patches’, are followed by the protagonists of Tuscan Naturalism and then by artists more involved, in the wave of the renewal of pictorial languages of the new century. The exhibition is enriched by a large section of drawings, some of which are merely preparatory to famous and important paintings as in the case of charcoal Butteri in Maremma by Giovanni Fattori and Mercato vecchio by Telemaco Signorini, or Sole a Seravezza of Fidelfio Simi, which are exhibited in the various stages of processing from the first ‘touch of pen’ to design on the canvas.

Opening Hours

Monday 3pm – 8pm

Tuersday / Sunday  10am – 8pm

* last entrance is allowed at19,15

Tickets

full price: € 8,00

concession: € 6,00*
*for groups more than 10 people and studends under 25

free entrance under 12

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Exhibition Venues

Fortress of Montepulciano

Civic Museum Pinacoteca Crociani