Bourgeois clients between the 19th and the 20th century

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The 19th -20th century art section is introduced by some works still tied to the classical  tradition such as those by Bernardino Nocchi, Pompeo Batoni and Stefano Tofanelli, a court painter for Elisa Bonaparte, up to Michele Ridolfi’s purist experimentations. 

There is a rich selection of paintings, plaster casts, bronzes and terracotta made between the late nineteenth and mid twentieth centuries by Lucchese authors, which makes clear the evolution of art and taste in Lucca in those years. The supporting structure of the exhibition consists of three groups of works by Augusto Passaglia, Urbano Lucchesi and Alfredo Angeloni. The sculptures alternate with Tuscan paintings juxtaposed according to an order that takes into account cultural relevance. Among the works on display are: Mari waiting for Ardinghi, the Portrait of an old woman by Ricci, the Interior of the studio in Lucca by Lunardi.