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Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi

Painter and printmaker 

Bologna was the native town of Giorgio Morandi, one of the most representative Italian painters of the twentieth century. He was born there and always lived there, although he became famous all over the world. Tourists will have the possibility to gain precious insights into his artworks visiting two important places: Morandi Museum, that cherishes the largest public collection dedicated to the artist, and Casa Morandi, the house-workshop where he lived and worked from 1910 to 1964.

Especially famous for his still life paintings, he also portrayed the enchanting landscapes of Grizzana, a small village situated a short distance from Bologna where he used to spend his holidays. The small villa where he stayed still retains the original furnishings and painting tools. The nearby Campiaro Barns, that were often depicted in his paintings, are now home to an interesting documentation centre, and are totally surrounded by almost unaltered landscapes. Giorgio Morandi was buried at Bologna's Certosa: The portrait that embellishes his tomb was realized by Giacomo Manzù.

 

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  • Bologna July 20, 1890 - Bologna, June 18, 1964
  • 50 years of artistic experience
  • 1 time winner of the 1st prize for painting and incision at the Venice Biennale in 1958
  • 2 times winner in Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1953 and 1957 
  • 1 Rubens award in 1962 from the city of Siegen 
  • 2 Morandi's oil paintings were chosen by Barack Obama in 2009 for the White House's collection

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