Florence in the eyes of the artist
From Signorini to Rosai
The Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino offers its museum
public another exhibition, the second at the Gallery of Modern Art in 2012, opening
just two weeks after that dedicated to Japonism in Italy.
This time Florence is the star of the show, which can be appreciated by its citizens
and also by foreigners via an itinerary that guides us through the memory of how
the city appeared and how it appears today.
49 paintings will be on display, all devoted to views or representations of the
city from various perspectives: from the airy eighteenth-century visions of Giuseppe
Maria Terreni to the romantic views of Giovanni Signorini through to the works
of domestic atmosphere by Lorenzo Gelati in the full flush of the nineteenth century
and the glimpses of city life in the bright tones of the macchia, such as the
Mercato Vecchio by Telemaco Signorini. And then again, moving twentieth-century works in which
the way of portraying the city is renewed, raising the individual monument to
the status of protagonist: for example in the Chiesa di Cestello by Silvio Pucci and that of Santo Spirito by Orlando di Collalto.And then the squares and the adjacent streets, through
to “Rosai’s interpretation of Via Lupo and Via Santa Margherita a Montìci and
the work Il trionfo della strada, winner at the Fiorino National Prize of 1951, almost a pictorial translation
of some description from Vasco Pratolini.” (S. Condemi).
The opportunity for the exhibition emerged with the return to the Gallery of
Modern Art, after long-term storage at the former Firenze com’era museum, of 16
paintings documenting sites of a Florence that has disappeared or been drastically
changed, along with 33 works devoted to the city never shown before, selected
from the collections housed in the repositories of the museum.