Explore the museum with the exclusive audio guide
When Andreotti suddenly died on the 19th of April 1933 over 200 plaster cast models remained in the Pagliere Reali of the Arts Institute of Florence. At the end of the fifties all of them were taken to his family’s house in Lungarno Cellini. Andreotti was rediscovered in 1976 when Raffaele Monti arranged an important retrospective at Villa Sismondi, in Pescia. On this very occasion the idea, supported by Carlo L. Ragghianti himself, of moving the Gipsoteca from Florence to Pescia became real, the operation started after the restoration of the plaster cast that had been damaged by the 1966 flood. The public administration embraced this initiative following which in 1978 Andreotti’s sons, Lupo and Aldo, donated their father’s whole artistic heritage on one condition: it had to be displayed in the prestigious medieval Palazzo del Podestà, known as Palagio, the accessibility of which had been recently obtained after long-standing restoration. The plaster cast gallery (Gipsoteca) was thus opened in 1992 thanks to the commitment of Florence Superintendency in the person of Ornella Casazza, thanks to whom all the works were catalogued following thematic - chronological criteria, the project was led by Raffaella Melucci and Stefano Nardini. The collection gathers approximately 250 pieces such as sketches, casts, plaster models and fragments. Together with the plaster casts even the sculptor’s personal archive was donated, it was set on the building’s second floor that nowadays includes 5600 documentary units, the collection was further enlarged (in 2003, 2014 and 2021) owing to the artist’s family additional legacy. The catalogue related to these works was published in 2004 together with a cd including letters, documents, pictures, drawings, newspaper clippings etc. The archive represents an essential tool to reconstruct Andreotti’s art, but also to support the studies concerning artistic and cultural life, both at national and international level, of the first three decades of the Twentieth Century.
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The profiles of the artworks have been mainly drawn from the catalogue “Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti. Pescia” curated by Ornella Casazza, 1982.
The introduction has been translated by Rita Minolfi, while the artwork files have been translated by Daniele Rossi with the supervision of Cristina Anzilotti.
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