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The Libero Andreotti Gipsoteca: a collection of plaster casts

Since 1992, the city of Pescia has paid honor to this sculptor by showcasing a collection of his plaster artworks.

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Piazza del Palagio, 6
Considered one of the foremost artists and sculptors of the early-twentieth century, Libero Andreotti was born in Pescia in 1875. His sculptures and paintings are part of both public and private art collections across the world. The museum, which the town of Pescia opened in 1992 in celebration of this homegrown, international talent, offers an interesting itinerary in which Andreotti’s plaster artworks are showcased. Although the plaster casts may seem rather academic in style, they nonetheless illustrate a heightened sense of naturalness, a characteristic that dominates much of this artist’s work. The main themes of his art move from torment to joy, difficulty to enjoyment.

On the first floor of the museum are Andreotti’s monumental works, while on the second floor a handful of his more formal works are showcased. Among these is the ‘Le nouveau nè”, where two hands hold up a newborn child, representing the symbol of life, as well as the “Danzatrice con la Maschera di Medusa” (‘A dancer with the mask of Medusa’), which is a synthesis of movement that does not exasperate the lines and composition of the artwork. The Gipsoteca is located in the Palagio, the ancient seat of the Podestà, part of which dates back to the 13th century. After being rebuilt in the 14th century, it underwent a series of renovations from the 17th and 20th centuries, which turned it into a suitable museum space.
The town of Pescia, heart of the green and remote Svizzera Pesciatina, is a city whose monuments bear witness to its history. The Pescia Cathedral, the old parish church (once controlled by the Bishop of Lucca), is an emblem of medieval history, while its secular municipal structures tell a different story. Originally a castle-city, Florence divided Pescia from Lucca in 1339. ...