| by Sandro Pintus
A century of photographic portraiture in Italy
Portraits from 1895 to 1995
Yet another splendid photographic exhibition, organized by the Fratelli Alinari and previously at the Venice Biennale, is now open in Florence at Fort Belvedere. The curator is photography historian, Italo Zannier; the exhibition, entitled "I and his double", covers a century of photographic portraiture in Italy, with 400 photos by two hundred photographers, and will remain open until June 25th. A journey in time divided up by the poses, costumes and hair styles as well as by the materials used. The room the Alinari Brothers used for sittings has been set up in the exhibition, so that visitors can get a better idea of the length of times and rythms needed for portraiture one hundred years ago. There is a portraitof Garibaldi and "visiting cards", the Countess of Castiglione and Queen Margherita as well as the portrait of an actress from the theatre in a Fin de Siècle fabric frame. We can also find the portrait of Eleonora Duse, a memorable photo, rare and somewhat sad, midway between photography and painting, that was to set the photo of the time on its way towards a more prosperous future.
FAN-Florence ART News
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Silvia Messeri & Sandro Pintus
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