Macchiaioli works on show in Milan

Until 25 Feb. Masterpieces from the Tuscan school.

Milan’s GAMManzoni modern and contemporary art gallery is currently hosting an exhibit of 35 works by members of the 19th century Tuscan Macchiaioli movement, which broke away from the antiquated conventions taught in Italian academies of their day.

The works are all on loan from private collections in Lombardy, and follow the founding and development of the revolutionary movement, from Giovanni Fattori to Telemaco Signorini.

Works of the Tuscan group of artists, formed in Florence around 1850, were originally received with hostility by contemporary critics, leading to the almost mocking description of macchiaioli or “daubers”. They achieved recognition as forerunners of the Impressionists only at the end of the century, too late for many who had died in penury.

The gallery, in Via Manzoni 45 in Milan, is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00.  Entry costs €6.