Giovanni Fattori, between Macchiaioli and Realist movements

Giovanni Fattori painting style ranges between two keystone art movements of the late 18th century, the Macchiaioli and Naturalism, his artworks are now exhibited at Palazzo Zabarella in Padua until 28 February. The exposition, promoted by Fondazione Bano, displays more than 100 paintings of the Tuscan artist, who excels in  the representation of universal themes like heroism, pity, work and death, with an extraordinary expressing energy, whose extravagance reminds Goya.

The famous boards, the monumental paintings with Risorgimento subjects, the wonderful portraits, the famous scenes of popular life of the absolute Italian protagonist of early 20th century, are for the first time together  in this great exhibition. The Macchia experimentation was a constant in Giovanni Fattori’s life, whose style includes influences from 15th century (as in the famous ““Rotonda di Palmieri”) to the Realist art of Coubet (his epic production).

Fattori, a committed and coherent artist, was able to express in his paintings the entirety of Italian Risorgimento, with such  an extent reminding (or that reminds) the Verismo literature of Verga or Carducci’s poems. The exhibition emphasizes the stylistic evolution of the artist, comparing his broad and varied production .


Padua, Palazzo Zabarella (via San Francesco, 27)

3 October 2014 – 28 February 2015



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