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Bartolini and his friend Ingres

An intense friendship, an artistic partnership that also led to the sharing of contacts and suggestions: this is the fil rouge of the exhibition "Bartolini and his friend Ingres" hosted at the Museum of Palazzo Pretorio in Prato from the 14th of July to the 17th of October in the context of the Uffizi Diffusi project.

The protagonist of the exhibition is the Self-portrait of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, considered one of the greatest exponents of French painting of the first half of the nineteenth century, on a temporary loan from the Uffizi Galleries for the initiative and precisely in this context placed in dialogue with Bartolini's sculptures.
Lorenzo Bartolini and Ingres met in Paris in their youth, weaving a friendship that would tie them in the years to come. A bond that left concrete testimony in the creation of the portrait of Countess Marina Dmitrievna Gur'eva, wife of the Minister of Finance of Tsar Alexander I. Bartolini's autographed marble work is kept in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, but in the Museum of Palazzo Pretorio is exhibited its preparatory plaster, an external deposit of the Uffizi, which has recently been restored. 'Bartolini made and dedicated it to his friend Ingres', we read on the rock where the countess is seated.
And here is also revealed the reason for the title of the exhibition: Bartolini introduced Ingres to the Russian couple and so the painter created the portrait of Count Gur'ev, also in the Hermitage.
The self-portrait of Ingres is visible on the third floor of the museum, where the collection of works by Lorenzo Bartolini formed over time is preserved thanks to the contribution, in terms of long-term deposits of works, of the Florentine state museums. The creations of the sculptor from Prato therefore converse with the paintings of the nineteenth century: on display there is also the Portrait of Lorenzo Bartolini that Franz Adolf von Stürler made in 1845, copying it from the one Ingres himself had painted for his friend in 1820.

The visit to the exhibition will be accompanied by Rossini's "Overture of the Journey to Reims", performed by the Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato.