The two almost coeval female portraits [ The Lady in White by Cipriano Cei (1864 – 1922) and The Encounter by Luigi dei Servi (1863 - 1945)] are a good example of the different expressive languages that emblematically connote the transition from the 19th-century tradition to the new 20th-century style.
De Servi’s eclecticism is documented through an interesting selection of his paintings, including a wonderful portrait of his friend Giacomo Puccini.
The recently rearranged hallway, located above the loggia on the first floor, houses a wide selection of paintings, plasters, bronzes and terracottas dating back to between the late 19th century and the mid-20th.
The succession of artworks begins with some busts (Bongi, Catalani) and a sketch for Gioacchino Rossini’s funerary monument by Augusto Passaglia (1838-1918) followed by plasters by Giuseppe Baccelli (Herma, Head of Woman), and the terracotta sketches by Urbano Lucchesi, who is also the author of the little bronze entitled My Father. Also exhibited is a selection of sculptures by Alfredo Angeloni (1883 – 1953): the sketch for the War Memorial of Piazza Risorgimento and the two ovals with the decorative Figures of women, whose late-Art Nouveau style reflects that of the two Madonnas and Child, of the clipei with a Face of Man for the facade of the Casa del Mutilato, of the Young man lying down.
The paintings on display range from a more traditional figurative expression (Raffaello Torre’s After the Storm, Giorgio Lucchesi’s Vine branches and bunches of grapes, Ezio Ricci’s Portrait of an Old Woman, but also the works by Alfredo Meschi, Giulio Marchetti, Arturo Chelini), to a more experimental language, more in line with the trends of the international scene, exemplified, most importantly, by Lorenzo Viani (Maquis near Viareggio), but also by Giuseppina Cristiani (Sunset on the Serchio), Arturo Daniele (Good Friday), Giuseppe Lunardi (The sister Fosca and The studio in Lucca), Giuseppe Ardinghi (The Mother and Waiting), Mari di Vecchio (Le Focette).