Visiting the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery) means encountering the great Italian masters of the 1800’s. The collection enriches us with the lights of Macchiaioli, makes us participants in the great events of the era, shows us a world that is already disappearing, presents us with the portraits of the fathers of our nation and their various personalities, and permits us to understand how the 19th century carried us forward to contemporary art. The rooms of the Galleria occupy the third floor of Palazzo Pitti where you go from Tenerani’s ethereal “Psiche” to Fattori’s “Lo Staffato,” from Bezzuoli’s historic “Ingresso di Carlo VIII a Firenze” to the dramatic life in Signorini’s “Colonia penale.”
Our friend and colleague Silvia Bonacini had a profound knowledge of the richness, of the multiple facets and principal artifices of the art of the 1800’s. Demonstrating her particular attachment to this period of art, she requested that people make donations in her memory to restore one of the works of this collection. Many people generously gave to realize Silvia’s dying wish, and today work is underway on this restoration.
February 3rd, a year after Silvia’s early demise, we, her friends and colleagues, offer in her memory free guided tours of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna that she so loved.
We remind you that, being the first Sunday of the month, entrance tickets to the Galleria are also free.
We await you on Sunday, February 3rd, from 10:00 to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm to show you the major works, sharing with you the passion Silvia felt for them, and deepening your appreciation and knowledge of this rich collection of paintings and sculpture.