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At Christmas In Villa Fiorentino the exhibition “The Figure and the Landscape”

2 December 2023 @ 10:00 28 January 2024 @ 20:00

Paths of Neapolitan Painting of the Twentieth Century

We are delighted to announce the art exhibition, “The Figure and the Landscape” from December 2nd 2023 to January 28th, 2024.

Twentieth-century painting, especially in Naples, was characterized by the challenging relationship of artists born between the late 19th century and the early years of the next, with the well-rooted 19th-century tradition, lasting until the doors of the Second World War.

This was due to the presence of many great masters who were still active, albeit elderly, and an affectionate collecting trend that fueled market demand.

However, the boundary between tradition and innovation was soon crossed.

Young artists, from the early moments of the century, aligned themselves with the new trends taking shape in Italy, occupying an increasingly prominent place in the critical debates of the time, with strong connections to the literary and philosophical world and various Italian and European orientations.

Rediscovering Naples’ Artistic Renaissance

Browsing through the catalogs of national exhibitions of the time (Sindacali, Quadriennali, and Biennali), it becomes clear that both painting and sculpture of the new Neapolitan school were aligned with the innovative demands of other schools in Italy.

The twentieth century was a fertile and vital period for Neapolitan art, which had the opportunity to assert itself on the national scene, never regressing in the face of growing trends, as recent studies have shown.

Just as in 1944, the renowned critic Paolo Ricci wrote in the preface to the First Exhibition of “Free Neapolitan Artists“, held at Galleria Forti, that “…the exhibition and the organization promoting it aim to bring art lovers closer to artists“.

Then the exhibitionThe Figure and the Landscape Paths of Neapolitan Painting of the Twentieth Century“, with the accompanying catalog, aims to rekindle the spotlight and attention on an important historical period wrongly set aside but artistically rich in ferment and diverse proposals.

Examples include the great historical avant-gardes, the plurality of painters and sculptors who, in different ways, inherited its language, the new relationship established between the artist and the work in the post-war period, and the very priority that the role of the artist assumes in the second half of the century.

The Twentieth Century, therefore, becomes synonymous with multiple, multiform, culturally composite, and the works, many of which have never been shown to the general public, exhibited in the current show, are an interesting demonstration of this.


From Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ticket price: € 5.

On Thursday free entrance for residents in Sorrento.

For further information and details, please contact us at info@fondazionesorrento.com