Friday, May 15, 2009

19th Century Macchiaioli Artist: Silvestro Lega

The Macchiaioli were a group of Italian painters from Tuscany, active in the second half of the nineteenth century, who, breaking with the antiquated conventions taught by the Italian academies of art, painted outdoors in order to capture natural light, shade, and colour. The Macchiaioli were forerunners of the Impressionists who, beginning in the 1860s, would pursue similar aims in France. One of the most notable artists of this movement was Silvestro Lega (8 December 1826 - 21 September 1895).

From top to bottom and left to right:
1. Le Rose Della Primavera
2. Un Dopo Pranzo (Il Pergolato): 1860
3. Ritrattto di Giueseppe Garabaldi: 1861
4. Autoritratto - 1859-1860
5. Il Canto di Uno Stornello: 1867
*source wikipedia

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