MDCCC 1800
5 | 2016

MDCCC 1800
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MDCCC 1800 | 5 | 2016

Ignazio Villa: un eclettico dell’800 da riscoprire attraverso alcune inedite sculture tra Palazzo Pitti e la sua Palazzina-studio a Firenze

Elena Marconi
Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria Palatina di Palazzo Pitti, Firenze, Italia
elemarc71@gmail.com

Benedetta Matucci
Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture, Firenze, Italia
benedettamatucci@gmail.com

DOI 10.14277/2280-8841/MDCCC-5-16-2

Abstract

In 1895 a contemporary described Ignazio Villa as an «Engineer, sculptor, painter, astronomer, and above all a great original». The quotation highlights the encyclopaedic nature of Mr. Villa’s genius by categorizing him as an individual devoted to disciplines so diverse as visual arts, astronomy, mechanics and geography, skills for which Villa gained renown both internationally and in Italy. Today, Villa’s fame has been limited to his Palace and Studio, on Via il Prato, a unique neo-Gothic architecture located in Florence. Villa is also well-known for his family’s relationship with Mario Sironi, one of the most important Italian painters of the twentieth century. This article aims to revive the academic and public interest in this talented artist by examining some of his unknown sculptures and portraits as a lens through which to understand some of the key moments of Villa’s life. We consider the artist’s social standing and his contact with the Milanese nobility, specifically the Marquis Busca and the Duke Tommaso Scotti, leading Florentine intellectuals, and members of the international high society such as Prince Poniatowski, and the House of Savoy, for whose members Villa served as an official portraitist.

Keywords
Marble. Ignazio Villa. Neo-Gothic architecture. Amedeo di Savoia. Palazzo Pitti.

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Marconi Elena

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Matucci Benedetta

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Ignazio Villa: un eclettico dell’800 da riscoprire attraverso alcune inedite sculture tra Palazzo Pitti e la sua Palazzina-studio a Firenze

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Journal Article

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it

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2280-8841/MDCCC-5-16-2

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In 1895 a contemporary described Ignazio Villa as an «Engineer, sculptor, painter, astronomer, and above all a great original». The quotation highlights the encyclopaedic nature of Mr. Villa’s genius by categorizing him as an individual devoted to disciplines so diverse as visual arts, astronomy, mechanics and geography, skills for which Villa gained renown both internationally and in Italy. Today, Villa’s fame has been limited to his Palace and Studio, on Via il Prato, a unique neo-Gothic architecture located in Florence. Villa is also well-known for his family’s relationship with Mario Sironi, one of the most important Italian painters of the twentieth century. This article aims to revive the academic and public interest in this talented artist by examining some of his unknown sculptures and portraits as a lens through which to understand some of the key moments of Villa’s life. We consider the artist’s social standing and his contact with the Milanese nobility, specifically the Marquis Busca and the Duke Tommaso Scotti, leading Florentine intellectuals, and members of the international high society such as Prince Poniatowski, and the House of Savoy, for whose members Villa served as an official portraitist.

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MDCCC 1800

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Vol. 5 | Num. 5 | Luglio 2016

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2280-8841

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Marble

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Ignazio Villa

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Neo-Gothic architecture

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Amedeo di Savoia

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Palazzo Pitti

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