Mercato Vecchio, Colonna della Dovizia

Telemaco Signorini

Mercato Vecchio, Colonna della Dovizia



366 x 238 mm; sheet 653 x 474 mm

Stanza del Borgo S.R.L.


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Etching and drypoint,
signed with monogram in the plate lower left and signed in pencil T Signorini at bottom margin on the right.
366 x 238 mm; sheet 653 x 474 mm

An extremely fine impression, richly inked and selectively wiped to intensify the contrast between light and shadow. Wide margins, minimal faults at margins, otherwise in fine condition The print belongs to the famous series of eleven etchings, depicting the Old Market in Florence, which was restructured, resulting in the destruction of many medieval buildings, for the creation of the New Central Market, which opened in 1874. The latter date is the date that appears on the cover of the portfolio which collected the series; but, in a letter dated 1892, Signorini wrote to the president of the Accademia of Florence, that the execution of the etchings took place in 1886. As it is known the series originates from the subjects of the paintings by the artist dedicated to the Old Florentine market. Signorini belonged to the circle of young artists that gathered regularly at Caffé Michelangelo in Florence. Along with Giovanni Fattori and Silvestro Lega, he was one of the leading exponents of the Macchiaioli, the Italian variant of the French en plein air painters. Signorini was a passionate free spirit, who spent most of his life wandering in Italy and Europe. He frequently travelled to Paris and London, to exhibit and sell his works, at the Royal Academy and the Grosvenor Gallery in London, and through the dealers Goupil and Reitlinger in Paris. In Paris Signorini met Corot and Courbet, he came into contact with Boldini and De Nittis and became interested in the work of Manet and Degas. Like the French masters he was fascinated by the expressive potential of printmaking and experimented with new printing techniques.

M. Hopkinson, Italian Prints 1875-1975, catalogue of the exhibition at the British Museum, London 2007; pages 97-99.