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After a year full of events, including the lucky exhibition "Per sogni e per chimere" dedicated to Giacomo Puccini, the Ragghianti Foundation prepares the 2019 calendar full of novelties with two important and demanding exhibitions.

The first of the two exhibitions scheduled for 2019 will be inaugurated in March and will have the title: L'artista bambino. Childhood and primitivism in early twentieth century art, edited by Nadia Marchioni.

Balla, Carrà, Soffici, Rosai, Garbari and many other important artists of the early decades of the twentieth century at some point in their research felt the urgency of "returning children", recovering in their works the freshness and freedom of child's drawing, in a journey that led them to approach the "spring" art. This is the theme of the exhibition.

"A phenomenon, that of the return to Primitivism - explains the director Bolpagni -, which was not only Italian, but that traveled throughout Europe. It was Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti who emphasized the originality and interest of the subject, already investigated by fundamental studies such as that of Corrado Ricci of 1887, but never deepened in an organic way. A gap that the Ragghianti Foundation fills with this exhibition, which will deal with the topic by investigating some of the facts ".

The second exhibition will be inaugurated in October: Bernardo Bellotto in Tuscany, curated by Bożena Anna Kowalczyk, and will be open until January 2020.

The purpose of the exhibition will be to illustrate the journey of Bellotto in Tuscany, one of the most fascinating themes of eighteenth-century Tuscan vedutismo. Bernardo Bellotto (1722-1780) a Venetian painter who received his artistic training in Canaletto's studio when the latter was at the height of his fame in the late 1930s.

"The legacy of Canaletto is the basis of all of Bellotto's work - explains Paolo Bolpagni - but as soon as the latter began traveling outside Venice - and his trip to Tuscany is the first and fundamental in this regard - he accentuated and developed his own expressive style. The most recent archival studies have allowed to date exactly its Tuscan journey. The rediscovered documentation also allows us to see Bellotto as a pioneer of painting in Florence and in Lucca at the service of the Tuscan aristocracy. The focus of this exhibition, curated by Bożena Anna Kowalczyk, who is one of the world's leading scholars of Canaletto and Bellotto, will be the core of views of Lucca, with the painting depicting the Piazza San Martino of the York City Art Gallery and the five drawings of different places around the cathedral and Santa Maria Forisportam lent by the British Library. This group of works, never exhibited together - the drawings, glued in a 19th century album, will be detached for the first time - will provide an exceptional documentation of the various topographic aspects of the city of Lucca. The aim is also to present, alongside the works of Lucca, some of the known views of Florence and at least one of the drawings that document Bellotto's visit to Livorno ".

Other publications are planned by the Ragghianti Foundation which will be published during 2019, together with meetings, conferences, conferences and didactics.

Piazza san Martino a Lucca in un dipinto di Bernardo Bellotto