Stibbert artista e collezionista

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Stibbert artista e collezionista

Stibbert Museum

Firenze

April 12th – September 1st, 2019

Curated by Enrico Colle, Martina Becattini

With the cooperation of Silvestra Bietoletti, Simona Di Marco

 

The exhibition "Frederick Stibbert Artist and Collector," opened to the public on April 12th, shows a new aspect of the multi-faceted figure of Frederick Stibbert: his activity as an amateur painter combined with the collecting of 19th century painters. He appreciated and bought the artworks of contemporary painters of his time, most of all the genre paintings, historical subjects or romantic views. A series of artworks, which together with his pictorial production, decorated the private rooms of his villa, such as the bedroom, the studio and the living rooms.

Stibbert preferred the fashionable painters of the late nineteenth century that he frequented directly or had seen at the numerous art exhibitions he loved to attend.

The exhibition, conceived in continuity with the rooms of the museum displaying nineteenth-century painting, presents an overview that, starting from Stibbert's artistic beginnings, analyzes his path as a painter and, at the same time, as a collector of contemporary painting. After an introduction on the figure of the young Frederick and his pictorial training, some artists of the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence who are apart of the collection are presented.

In the following rooms some paintings by Stibbert, divided by genre, are displayed and compared with paintings by other artists depicting the same subject: still life, landscape painting and portraits in ancient costumes.

A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the most successful artist work made by Frederick Stibbert: the illustrated tables for the book on the history of civil and military customs, a work that will follow Frederick's collecting career and will be published only after his death.

Finally, the exhibition shows the drawings and the projects made by Stibbert, the architects and the decorators who worked on the design and decoration of the villa and the museum.