Sienese painting of the nineteenth century
Dedicated to Amos Cassioli, painter from Asciano and to his son Giuseppe, this Museum is unique in its genre: from the sketches, drawings, paintings, exercises, colour proofs up to the photos from that period; everything contributes in making us plunge deeply into the fascinating world of the Academy of Art of Siena (now Duccio di Buoninsegna Art Institute) and to get acquainted with the major protagonists of the 1800s. Francesco Nenci, Giovanni Rocchi, Giacomo Conti, Luigi Mussini, Angelo Visconti, Pietro Aldi, Ulisse Forni, Cristiano Banti and Cesare Maccari are some of the artists that weren’t just able to represent episodes from the ancient world and mythology but also to be conscious witnesses of their time.
If Amos excelled in his ability to execute portraits, and had prestigious commissions, as painting the Sala del Risorgimento in the Townhall of Siena ,or representing the Battle of Legnano, nowdays preserved in Palazzo Pitti in Florence, his son Giuseppe applied his art to sculpture too.
He took part in several important projects as the bronze door of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence; Gioacchino Rossini’s funeral monument, St. Luke’s Dome in Bologna. His art even travelled abroad, as he worked on an important commission in Lima.
He was the creator of the sketch that won the competition held by the International Olympic Games Committee in 1927 for the realization of the medals, that were used for forty years, without modifications from the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928 to the ones in Mexico City in 1968.
Later on and up to the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, the image of the Nike, that holds the laurel leaves, designed by Giuseppe for the medal of these important acknowledegments known worldwide, was still used.
AMOS CASSIOLI AND HIS PURIST COMPANIONS. 1800 SIENESE PAINTINGS FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION.
- Asciano, Museo Cassioli
- 24th March – 29th July
The exhibition “Amos Cassioli and his purist companions. 1800s Sienese paintings from a private collection” presents, for the first time to the public, works of high artistic quality, privately owned, in close dialogue with the museum’s permanent exhibition works.
They are all painters trained at the school of Luigi Mussini, the Master who made Siena, in the second half of the 19th century, the stronghold of purism, recognized and appreciated internationally.
Most of the canvas on display are by Amos Cassioli, dated between the 70s and 80s of the 19th century. We also find Mussini’s paintings, those by Alessandro Franchi, Cesare Maccari, Pietro Aldi and Ricciardo Meacci. They all add an important piece to the knowledge of the history of Sienese art of the 19th century.
Giuseppe Cassioli was born on 26th October 1865.
He was an Ascianese artist who brought his art worldwide, receiving prestigious commissions even abroad.
After 90 years from 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, we want to celebrate him by organising an exhibition dedicated to his “Olympic enterprise“: the winning of the competition held by the International Olympic Committee IOC for the realisation of the most covated medal by athletes of all times!
Follow the events that will be planned this years on this occasion!
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