Italian Modern and Contemporary Art
Although Italy is best known for its medieval and Renaissance art, there is also wonderful modern and contemporary art in Italy. It is a buzzing art scene with museums and galleries that feature not only the Italian modern and contemporary artists, but also international ones.
Italian Contemporary art refers to painting and sculpture in Italy from the early 20th century onwards.
Futurism in Italy was one of the first important modern art movements not centred in Paris. Entranced by the idea of the ‘dynamic’, the Futurists sought to represent an object’s sensations, rhythms and movements in their paintings, sculptures, manifestos, etc.
Italian Futurism is generally accepted to have spanned from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through to its demise at the end of World War II. Below is a link to an incredibly detailed and comprehensive timeline overview of Italian Futurism movement during 1909 to 1945 and sets them alongside major political, social, and technological events of this time.
Italian Modern Artists
Italy has an enviable art history with names including Leonardo Da Vinci (works include Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and Vitruvian Man), Michelangelo (works include The David, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and the Pieta), Tintoretto (works include Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet, Last Supper and Saint Mark Rescuing the Slave also known as “The Miracle of the Slave”), Modigliani and Caravaggio creating world renown masterpieces and influencing generations of artists!
Where to Find Modern and Contemporary Art in Italy
For those who love contemporary & modern artworks, please view our Italian Contemporary Art Galleries page for some must see museums that feature Italian modern art.