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Silvestro Lega

( Modigliana 1826 - Firenze 1895 )


    Silvestro Lega

    He completed his training at the Academy in Florence before and then with the purist L. Mussini . They advised him to the study of primitive istradandolo so great probity to design and clarity of color.

    Having fought in 1848 in Curtatone and Montanara , the League returned to Florence and resumed his studies under the direction of Antonio Ciseri . When the macchiaiolismo appeared , at first denied this new school , then followed her from life studying the mountains of Fiesole . At the age of fifty , he touched the peak of his art , and the color in his works reached lush beauty.

    Then, perhaps due to the unexpected poor sight , ” his brushwork became more visible and sharp , his vision less attentive and faster ” ( Ugo Ojetti ) . It was the painter who gave everything and asked nothing of art. Produced clear genre paintings by choosing the most common subjects and innocent , and it was a portraitist, but portraits by commission , says Mario Tinti , “and was able to grasp the inner character that sometimes can even be a disturbing revelation , and therefore poorly accepted , for the legitimate owner of the physiognomy depicted .

    ” Among his works include: ” King Saul died down from the harp of David ,” ” Portrait of family members Fabbioni ” the four lunettes depicting ” The Scourge ” ( 1858) and for the Oratory of Our Lady of the Canton of Modigliana , where are still , Titian and Irene di Spilimbergo , two studies : ” Impression of country Pergentina ” and ” rustic Lodge Pergentua ” (1861) , and ” Mrs. Virgierba Batelli ” (1861) , the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan , and in the Pinacoteca di Brera ” the conversation in the garden ” ; sketch for the painting “The piano Lesson ” (1862), owned by G. A. Borgese of Milan. “The song of the ditty ” rewarded with a silver medal at Parma in 1870, now owned by Mr. Julius Marks of Florence , “The after lunch ” (1868 ) , formerly in the collection of Eng. Rosselli di Viareggio, “Life ” (1868 ) , the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome ; ” Portraits of family members Snipers ” , the property of Mrs. Cecchini Tommasi di Firenze , “The visit to the nurse ” (1873), in the Gallery of Modern Art in Florence , ” The sculptor Carnielo ” (1878), property Carnielo of Florence ; ” The painter Francesco Gioli ” (1879 ) , property Bertini of Florence, ” on the lawn ” (1883 ) , in the collection Baer of Milan ; “Farmhouse and barns ” (1885 ), also in the collection Baer,.


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