Sigfrido Bartolini, master engraver

Pistoia Sigfrido Bartolini Pinocchio F 01

Born in Pistoia on the 21st of January 1932, he graduated with a diploma from the Istituto d’Arte in Florence in 1955 but he had already tried his hand at the monotype technique in 1947. From 1960 onwards his family summer holidays were spent in Forte dei Marmi where he painted the Versilia landscape, its famous houses, enchanted seas, poplars and Apuan Alps. In the 1970s and 80s heproduced important graphics catalogues for Soffici, Sironi, Rosai and Boldini.

In 1983 he produced his great edition of Pinocchio illustrated with more than 300 black and white xylographs, the outcome of 12 long years of work for the Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi’s centenary. It was exhibited all over Europe and in 1992 in New York at MOMA too. Bartolini was acclaimed as a critic too and wrote about art for l’Indipendente, Il Giornale and Libero under the direction of Vittorio Feltri. In 2002 he wrote a series of articles published in the volume: La Grande Impostura – Fasti e misfatti dell’arte moderna e contemporanea. In 2000 Milan’s Palazzo della Triennale hosted the great retrospective exhibition: Sigfrido Bartolini – Testimone del suo tempo. He died in Florence on the 24th of April 2007 after completing 14 windows for the Chiesa dell’Immacolata in Pistoia in 2006. The Casa Museo di Sigfrido Bartolini was inaugurated in 2011 as part of the Ass. Naz. Case della Memoria.

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