Hidden in Plain Sight: 19th Century Italian Artists and Artisans

Chances are that you have never heard of the Macchiaioli: an artistic movement similar to French Impressionism that represented a rebellion against the Florentine Academy. One of the earliest developments in European modern art, this movement and its artists are often overlooked outside of Italy. The paintings of the Macchiaioli are worth exploring for the authenticity with which they captured the world around them as Italy became a nation and traditional rural life was giving way to modernity. While the Macchiaioli artists were working in Italy, across the Atlantic Italian immigrant sculptors were laboring anonymously to carve the works of American artists such as Daniel Chester French. Only a few of these important works identify the artisan. Together we will explore the works of these overlooked painters and carvers.


Class Recordings:

Class 1 - February 6, 2024

Class 2 - February 13, 2024

Class 3 - February 20, 2024

Class 4 - February 27, 2024

Group Leader: BETH SANDERS
Venue: Online
Meets on: Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 PM
Starting: 2/6/2024
Sessions: 4
Class Size: 50
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: None
Group Leader Biography:

Beth Sanders is a Floral Design Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She is also an Art Guide at the museum, providing tours to diverse groups from toddlers to adults. A botanical illustrator and calligrapher, Beth has work in international collections and in print. She was an artist-in-residence at Duke Gardens and a master gardener in North Carolina before moving to Boston. Beth has taught many courses for Beacon Hill Seminars and is serving her third term as a member of the board.