Italian Art of the 19-20th Century from the Pitti Palace in Florence

The Tuscany region today and its capital of Florence are famous for being the birthplace of Renaissance art. What is less widely known, however, is that this region became an important hub for artistic activities during the tumultuous times between the 19th and 20th centuries, including the founding of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 and two World Wars. This exhibit provides the first systematic introduction in Japan of the development of modern Italian art with a focus on Florence and Tuscany, featuring around 70 paintings from the Gallery of Modern Art at the Pitti Palace.

Exhibition Details

From September 7th (Sat.) to November 10 th(Sun.), 2013
(closed Mondays except September 16th,23rd,and October
14th,November 4th)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Fridays, Admittance by 19:30)
Adults: 1,000yen (800yen)
University & High School Students: 600 yen (500yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
NIPPONKOA Insurance Co., Ltd.
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Patronized by
Ambasciata d’Italia, Tokyo
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tokyo
Cooperation with
Nippon Express Co, Ltd
Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A.
Nippon Cargo Airlines Co.,Ltd.
Planned by
Art Planning Rey Inc.

Pitti Palace Gallery of Modern Art

The Pitti Palace is situated beside the Arno in Florence, and was the residence for the rulers of the past from the 16th century to the early 20th century, including the House of Medici. The Gallery of Modern Art was opened on the top (third) floor of the Pitti Palace in 1924, and houses a collection of paintings and sculptures from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily from Tuscany. It includes the works of prominent artists of the Macchiaioli, such as the collection of early important works, which was donated by art critic and exponent of the Macchiaioli movement Diego Martelli upon his death in 1894.

The Pitti Palace is connected to the Uffizi Gallery across the river by the Vasari Corridor, an enclosed passageway above the shops on the Ponte Vecchio. The Palatine Gallery, which takes up the second floor, is known for its collection of 16th century Renaissance paintings by artists such as Raphael and Titian.

Exhibit Composition and Main Artists (Tentative)

The exhibition venue is divided into four sections. The first is an overview of Tuscany art from the first half of the 19th century to the Italian unification, the second is a close-up of pieces typifying the innovation of the Macchiaioli movement in Florence born out of the Italian unification, the third introduces various Tuscany paintings from after the unification, and the fourth introduces the main artists of post-unification Italy.

Ⅰ.The History and Contemporaneousness of the Romantic Paintings of Tuscany
Ⅱ. The New Paintings of the Macchiaoli Movement
Ⅲ. Aspects of 19th and 20th Century Paintings of Tuscany
Ⅳ. 20th Century Artists: Major Figures and Trends in Italian Painting

Pick up

Giuseppe Bezzuoli
《L’ Arno a Santa Trinita》
Antonio Fontanesi
《Ritratto della cugina Argia》
Giovanni Fattori
《Sull’ Aia》
Raffaello Sernesi
《Testa di bambino》 /
Telemaco Signorini
《La pensierosa》
Giovanni Costetti
《In darsena (Viareggio)》
Galileo Chini
《Casolari con montagne》
Ottone Rosai

All works : © Galleria d’arte moderna di Palazzo Pitti