Amighetto Amighetti on display in Poggio a Caiano

An anthological exhibition dedicated to Amighetto Amighetti, a Genoese artist of Poggio a Caiano origin (both parents were born in Poggio), who died when he was only 28 years old (1902-1930), after a painting career that began at an early age, is being held at the Scuderie Medicee in Poggio a Caiano until June 3.In 1924 he had his first exhibitions in Genoa, his hometown, and, at only 26, received unanimous critical acclaim that allowed him to take his works to the 1928 Venice Biennale.

Although listed by critics and the art market among Ligurian painters, Amighetti is actually of Tuscan origin and it is in Poggio a Caiano that he rests in the cemetery, not far from the tomb of Ardengo Soffici. There is no certain information about the frequentation in life of the two artists, despite the fact that Amighetti spent the long summers at his father’s house in Loretino, along the road from Comeana to Poggio a Caiano, but a significant circumstance brings them close: in 1928 at the Venice Biennale Soffici was part of the jury accepting the works, Amighetto was one of the painters admitted with the work “Still Life” that today can be found in the exhibition itinerary.

Curated by Franco Dioli, the exhibition showcases a substantial part of Amighetti’s artistic production, including portraits, Tuscan landscapes and still lifes. Among the works is also the Autoritratto of 1925, austere and at the same time full of grace, which in 2016 Mondadori chose as the cover of Giovanni Papini’s volume, "Un uomo finito."
Amighetti paints splendid landscapes, but it is with the figure that he achieves his best results. In his art, similarities can be found with Felice Carena (his teacher at theAcademy of Fine Arts in Florence), with Felice Casorati, especially the early Casorati, for his remarkable capacity for formal synthesis, but also with Armando Spadini, in the tender consistency of gestures and smaller figures and for family scenes.

Also part of the exhibition itinerary, outside the museum, is the church of San Michele Arcangelo in Comeana (open daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in which to admire the altarpiece that Amighetti made, in 1919 at only 17 years old. A copy from Guido Reni in which the solid and mature painter precociously formed can already be traced.

Hours: Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket price: €3 full, free for children under 18.

Amighetto Amighetti on display in Poggio a Caiano
Amighetto Amighetti on display in Poggio a Caiano

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