The Uffizi Galleries bring to the Pinacoteca Foresiana in Portoferraio a selection of masterpieces by the great 19th-century Romantic painter, Giuseppe Bezzuoli.
A new chapter in the Uffizi Diffusi project, this time dedicated to Bezzuoli, a figure who forms a sort of bridge between Florence, his city of origin, and the Elba island, where in June 1847 he visited his friend Alessandro Foresi, uncle of Mario Foresi, founder of the Pinacoteca di Portoferraio.
And it is precisely in the Pinacoteca Foresiana, within the spaces of the historic former De Laugier Barracks, that the exhibition, from July 19 to November 2, curated by Elena Marconi and Valentina Anselmi, will be staged
His Penitent Magdalene, among the works featured in the major exhibition at Palazzo Pitti dedicated in recent months to the great Florentine artist, thus returns to its usual venue.
Alongside it are Bezzuoli's most iconic masterpieces, such as Eve Tempted by the Serpent, the Repudiation of Agar, a moving reinterpretation of the famous biblical character, the lively portrait of his friend and sculptor Vincenzo Consani, and the Self-Portrait, dated 1852, of a now elderly Bezzuoli.
A physician and great admirer of the Tuscan artist, of whom he also wrote a biography, Alessandro Foresi owned many of his friend's paintings, still part of the Elban collection. Among the many on display are those of Maria Guariello Foresi, Alessandro's mother, and Countess Beclemicheff: an important testimony, the latter, to the fame Bezzuoli achieved even among foreign patrons.
- Pinacoteca Civica Foresiana
- Hours through September 11: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5.30 to 10.30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Hours September 12 to November 2: Monday to Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.; closed Sundays.