I Macchiaioli

Palazzo Blu
Italy, Pisa
08 october 2022 - 19 march 2023

Days of exhibition

The exhibition "I Macchiaioli" - produced and organized by Fondazione Palazzo Blu and MondoMostre, with the contribution of Fondazione Pisa, curated by Francesca Dini, an art historian and one of the most authoritative experts on this movement - traces the exciting evolution and at the same time revolution of the Macchiaioli, who gave birth to one of the most original avant-garde movements in Europe in the second half of the 19th century.

A retrospective of more than 130 masterpieces from usually inaccessible private collections and major museum institutions such as the Uffizi Galleries, the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, the Gallery of Modern Art in Genoa and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.

The exhibition project allows us to discover the exciting adventure of a group of young progressive painters, both Tuscan and non-Tuscan, who during the Risorgimento give rise to a renewal in an anti-academic key of Italian painting in a realist sense.
Indeed, these artists manage to write one of the most poetic and daring pages of art history, not only Italian. Through their "key" works, their intimate look at the reality contemporary to them and their anti-heroic and deeply human vision of the Risorgimento emerge. The focus of the exhibition remains to show the movement's ability to collectively question itself and steer the rudder to continue on the road of progress and modernity without ever abandoning the major path of light.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10 a.m.-7 p.m;

Saturday and Sunday

Full € 14 | Reduced € 12 | Schools € 5


Exhibition website: www.macchiaiolipisa.it

I Macchiaioli

Artworks |

  • I fidanzati / I promessi sposi
    Silvestro Lega
    1869, Olio su tela, 35,5 x 79,5 cm Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milano

  • Filatrici di paglia della Valdelsa
    Cristiano Banti
    1863, Olio su tela, 66x54 cm Collezione Privata

  • Cucitrici di camicie rosse
    Odoardo Borrani
    1863, Olio su tela, 66x54 cm Collezione Privata

  • Il 26 aprile 1859 in Firenze
    Odoardo Borrani
    Olio su tela, 75x58 cm, Istituto Matteucci, Viareggio

  • Al sole
    Vincenzo Cabianca
    1866, Olio su tela, 75x90 cm Collezione Privata

  • In vedetta (il muro bianco)
    Giovanni Fattori
    1872, Olio su tela, 34.5x54.5x cm Fondazione Progetto Marzotto - Trissino

Trailer |

Take a look at the preview of the exhibition

Extra |

Interviews, insights, curiosities, anecdotes