Exhibition ‘Belle Époque. The Italian Painters of Modern Life From Lega and Fattori to Boldini and De Nittis to Nomellini and Balla’.


Divided into seven sections and an intermezzo, the exhibition follows the traces of the changes in painting after the Unification, from the passing of regional schools to the recomposition of a national imprint, aiming straight at an artistic culture suitable for the modern times of the ‘New Italy’.
It was in this context that the entrepreneurial world, high finance and aristocratic enterprise, and no longer just academies and other public institutions, became promoters of the fine arts and, as collectors or patrons, important reference figures for artists and merchants.
While we are witnessing the decline of the ideals of the Risorgimento, in which the artists had participated with consistency and civil courage, and the conservative involution of the national political class became apparent, Italian Art is finally reborn.
The exhibition is therefore a process that leads from the last Macchiaioli throbs to the effervescence of the Scapigliatura up to the final outcomes of Divisionism, i.e. from Fattori and Lega to Boldini and De Nittis to Nomellini and Balla.
Not to mention that other artists in the exhibition with their works bear the names of Signorini, Spadini, Pellizza da Volpedo, Zandomeneghi and Corcos, and then again Antonio Mancini, Tranquillo Cremona, Mosè Bianchi, Emilio Longoni, Angelo Morbelli, Gaetano Previati, and many others.
In total, there are about ninety works – including paintings on canvas and on wood, watercolours, pastels and sculptures in bronze and plaster – spanning a period of time from 1864 to 1917.


Giorgio Conti Foundation
“Belle Époque. The Italian Painters of Modern Life.
From Lega and Fattori to Boldini and De Nittis to Nomellini and Balla”.
Curated by Massimo Bertozzi

From 29/06/2024 to 27/10/2024
Palazzo Cucchiari, via Cucchiari 1, Carrara

Opening hours:

FROM JUNE 29th, 2024 TO SEPTEMBER 15th, 2024
Tue – Wed – Thu – Sun 09.30am – 12.30pm • 04.00pm – 08.00pm
Fri and Sat 09.30am – 12.30pm • 04.00pm – 11.00pm

FROM SEPTEMBER 17th, 2024 TO OCTOBER 27th, 2024
Tue – Wed – Thu – Sun 09.30am – 12.30pm • 03.00pm – 08.00pm
Fri and Sat 09.30am – 12.30pm • 03.00pm – 09.00pm

Thursday September 05th, 2024 – 09.30 – 12.30 • 16.00 – 23.00

LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER (October 22th to 27th, 2024)
early opening at 02.30pm


FULL: € 10,00 with audio guide
REDUCED: € 8,00 with audio guide
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FULL PRICE € 8,00 – OVER 65 € 7,00

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