Monday, March 17, 2014

Museo Fattori

This slightly dilapidated building is Villa Mimbelli, an 19th century residence surrounded by a beautiful park, not far from the Terrazza Mascagni. Yesterday's turtles live in a fountain at the entrance of this park. Since 1994 the villa hosts the “Museo civico Giovanni Fattori” with its interesting collection of works of the Livornese painter, along with many other works by fellow Macchiaioli and other local artists.
Museo Fattori, Villa Mimbelli, Livorno
A few days ago in the course of a debate at a local newspaper, one of the candidates for mayor of Livorno said that the Fattori Museum is one of the most visited in Europe, but only we aren't able to realize this. This bold statement went unchallenged by anyone present.

See also: Terrazza Mascagni - Turtles
External links: Giovanni Fattori - Macchiaioli (Wikipedia)

17 comments:

Michelle said...

That looks like a delightful place for a bit of respite.

Randy said...

It's very beautiful.

Luis Gomez said...

It is a beautiful building VP. Well, let's take his word. ;)

cieldequimper said...

It's a lovely building but I'm sorry I had never heard of it unlike the Louvre, the Prado, the Uffizi, the National Gallery, the Tate, the alte and neue Nationalgalerie in Munich... I'll stop there for want of time!

Dina said...

Well then, the atmosphere in your photo is a challenge to his statement, with shuttered windows and closed door and no people.

adriana said...

A beautiful classic, nice adorned by the palm trees!

Again, Traveling Hawk!

Lowell said...

It is a gorgeous building and Livorno is rightly proud of it. The quotation you mention must be an exaggeration, though. :)\

Hope that you are well.

Stefan Jansson said...

A beautiful building it is.

VP said...

ciel - The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice...
Dina - Only the turtles were waiting!
Lowell - An exaggeration or blissful ignorance!

Halcyon said...

I rather like the facade. But I find the claim hard to believe...

Karl Demetz said...

A beautiful building, but not much life in it...?

FotoMarg said...

It's a beautifully proportioned building and the palm trees enhance it.

Jack said...

If you had not said that it is dilapidated, I would not have thought so. It looks good to me, but quiet, and nowhere near one of the most visited in Europe. I doubt that its yearly visitors match the Louvre's daily visitors.

Gunn said...

Looks fantastic!

Merisi said...

Grand building and good to know that it seems to have found new life as a museum!

Interesting tidbit about the visitors ranking.

José Mendonça said...

Love this building! It reminds so much of a house at Cascais that's been falling apart for years and it's finally being restored.

José Mendonça said...

Love this building! It reminds so much of a house at Cascais that's been falling apart for years and it's finally being restored.