From Michelangelo to Pop: Italy’s Art Greatness

Nobody can argue that Italy’s artistic scene has not been one of the most successful ones worldwide since decades ago. Italy is almost synonym to greatness in art. Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, Caravaggio; the list goes on. Their art is celebrated across the globe, and London is certainly an important stop for Italian art. Both ancient and modern artists are often exhibited in different London venues in an effort to remind people of the prowess that Italy carries in the artistic world.

Italian modern art has exploded in London over the past few years with many temporary exhibitions showcasing the talent of Italian artists in the British capital. Just two years ago, Christie’s Eyes Wide Open auction of Arte Povera artists made almost £40 million, and with this, a new era of Italian-focused exhibitions started popping up around the city in galleries and other artistic spaces. In fact, galleries focusing solely on Italian art have opened across the British capital over the past year, amongst those Tornabuoni.

This new gallery is shining a light on Italian pop. While one my conceive pop art as Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol, there is a wide array of Italian artist who have exceeded expectations in the discipline. Pop Art is original from England, and it has criticised branding, merchandising, consumerism and more since the mid 20th century. Last year, Tornabuoni Art London exhibited Italian Pop as a complement to Tate Modern’s The World Goes Pop. The exhibition didn’t only look to showcase Italian artists, but also to show a new side to what the country’s art scene is generally conceived as. The gallery is often showcasing new exhibitions of different art movements, with Alighiero Boetti’s solo exhibition currently running.