Marini’s proper place in the history of twentieth-century Modernism.

Marino Marini was born in the Tuscan town of Pistoia in 1901. He quickly established his reputation as a major sculptor. During the 1930s his work was included in the principal national art exhibitions. From early on he established international contacts and relations. The post World War II period saw his fame spread abroad and his works enter major international museums and foreign private collections. The exhibition's purpose is to establish the visual links that connect Marini’s sculpture to the work of major sculptors of the late nineteenth and twentieth-centuries (Rodin, Maillol, Despiau, Lehmbruck, Picasso, Moore). The exhibition is also an important opportunity to investigate one of the most widespread trends in modern sculpture: the rediscovery, reception and reworking of antique sculptural models (Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan antiquities; mediaeval sculpture; Renaissance sculpture; nineteenth-century sculpture).

Each such reference will be documented in terms of how Marini would have become aware of his sources either through the original or through copies that were current, or through proven, biographical relations with other artists. The exhibition catalogue essays and entries will explicate and document such contacts.

Pistoia, Palazzo Fabroni

16th September 2017 - 7th January 2018

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10am-8pm
Saturdays: 10am-10pm
Sundays: 10am-8pm

For guided tours, tourist package, families: 


The museums Civico, Marino Marini e Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia offer free entrance for the whole 2017

The Giostra dell'Orso, the horse contest between the four historical districts (rioni) of Pistoia programmed for July 25, in piazza del Duomo has been postponed to wednesday 26, because of the rain.

Tickets shall remain valid. Tourists and people not residents in the Province of Pistoia may have the cost of their tickets reimbursed. Ask at the Torre di Catilina from 4 to 7 pm.






Luca della Robbia “La Visitazione”

in Pistoia, Italian Capital of culture 2017

21st July 2017 - 25th March 2018


From 21st July people from Pistoia can admire again one of the masterpiece of their town, which definitely will seduce visitors from all over the world in occasion of “Pistoia, Italian Capital of Culture 2017”. “La Visitazione” has just returned to Pistoia from Fine Arts Museum of Boston and from National Gallery of Washington. The sculpture will be exhibited until 7th January 2018, in the suggestive Saint Leone's Church, recently restored, thank to a diocese and superintendence.

“La Visitazione” was created around 1445 for the Church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas, where it was usually placed and where will return at the end of the exhibition. It is one of the first work in glazed terracotta, technique of which Della Robbia is considered the inventor.  The Florentine artist has been the first to apply a tin glaze covering in order to make the surface shiny and resistant, starting with a successfully production. The group represents the encounter between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, as the Luke Gospel tells.

On the occasion of this special staging the sculpture group will be exhibited in Saint Leone's Church, one of the most important examples of Baroque art in Pistoia, entirely frescoed. Vincenzo Meucci, undisputed protagonist of  the Florentine painting in the1700s, worked on the project between 1753 and  1764, joined by Giuseppe del Moro and Mauro Antonio Tesi.

In this fascinating context, visitors will be able to admire closely the majesty of glaze, fully recovered in its candour, and to observe the warm embrace between Mary and Elizabeth not only from their usual frontal view, but from different perspectives.

The juxtaposition between the traditional forms of  “La Visitazione”, which is expression of the most pure humanism and the light and theatrical Meucci's painting could be maybe appear reckless, but both are exalted by the dialogue created between different arts and periods.

“La Visitazione” can be visited from 10.00am to 5.00pm.


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