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Museo Mario Romoli

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Lucy C wrote a review Sep 2015
Bawley Point, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
The villa itself is beautiful. Plus when you look out the windows you are presented with Tuscan countryside and a driveway lined with cypruses (like something from a movie). Then the art of Mario Romelli is interesting - he has a range of styles that reflect the evolving art of the times. Our guide Nicole was full of interesting stories about him. My favourite is how he and some other artists raised money to start a gallery - they even approached Picasso with the gift of a bull in exchange for a painting - however they ended up paying for their sick friend's hospital treatment instead. Amazing.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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KECSCH wrote a review Jul 2015
Canberra, Australia2 contributions2 helpful votes
The 'Museo Mario Romoli' merits very strong recommendation. It is located in the magnificent 'Villa Di Poggio Reale', a grand and elegant historic building set in attractive grounds and with sweeping views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The collection itself presents the many facets of Mario Romoli (1908 to 1978), a highly talented creative artist who sculpted, drew, and painted, and who, in addition, pondered philosophical issues and pursued his interest in science and technology by designing and patenting a rotary engine and by conceptualizing a radical new aircraft wing. Romoli, a strong-minded artist, was at times reluctant to 'play the game' in terms of promoting himself and engaging with art dealers, so his work is not as well known as might be expected. The work presented in this collection, though strongly individual, also reflects trends in international art and the dramatic history of Italy and Europe during his richly creative lifetime. For us, the most memorable paintings were the evocative 'La Protettrice degli Animali' (1938), the strikingly angular and colourful 'Panzano in Chianto' (1960) and the haunting 'La Barca' (1974). Others, no doubt, will have their favourites; but in any case the whole collection is worthy of close attention. And there is some good news -- our very charming and knowledgeable volunteer guide mentioned that there are still a number of Romoli paintings which have to be assessed, catalogued and framed for presentation, so an already rich and varied collection is set to grow even richer and more rewarding.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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JeanRice54 wrote a review May 2015
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia34 contributions8 helpful votes
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I visited initially because I wanted to see the villa - being an architect and delighting in historic buildings in Tuscany. I loved the approach up the iconic cypress lined drive with the villa at the top. It was good to be able to see the rooms and views out to the surrounding landscape. Lots of original details such as the timber beams, kitchen fireplace and timber windows and shutters. Pleasantly surprised by the art collection reminding me that Tuscany has a continuing artistic tradition - it didn't stop at the Renaissance! I liked seeing the sketch books and models as well as the paintings and other artworks.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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Paul H wrote a review Apr 2015
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Visited with friends. A local treasure, both the building and its contents, where the life of the artist is a mirror of much of Italy's history in the mid 19th century.
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Date of experience: July 2014
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nerida2015 wrote a review Apr 2015
Florence, Italy7 contributions5 helpful votes
An interesting personal collection paintings by a notable Tuscan artist who deserves to be more widely known. A visit to the museum is also an opportunity to explore Villa di Poggio Reale and view the countryside around it. Friendly multilingual volunteer guides. Limited opening hours so check before you go. Ticket gives admission to both museums.
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Date of experience: April 2015
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