"Cia Salviati Pigatti, A Romantic artist and modern woman" is the title of the exhibition which opens on Saturday 8 March, alle at 7.30p.m. at the church of SS. Ambrogio e Bellino in Vicenza. The exhibition, organised by the local council Office of Cultural Activities in collaboration with the Political Office for Equal Opportunities, with support from the Veneto Region and the contribution of Aim, is open from 9 March until 13 April (Thursdays and Fridays 3p.m. 7p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10.30-1./3-7pm.; entrance free ) . Information 0444.222114; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe retrospective of Cia Salviati Pigatti (1876-1977 curated by Stefania Portinari with catalogue by Renato Cevese and a biographical reminiscence by her nephew Guido Briganti, attempts to value this courageous figure, woman and artist, who lived in a time during which the practise of art was for women subordinated heavily to the traditional social and familial role. The hectic and picaresque life of Salviati through the history of the 20th century: the daughter of Antonio Salviati, the mayor of Arzignano and an accomplished painter in his own right, Cia already from an early age demonstrated her dynamic independance and indominatable character. From 1895-6 she undertook a journey to Naples, visiting Florence and Rome. After marrying Ottavio Pigatti, composer and orchestral conductor, she travelled many times to the Dolomites, painting landscapes full of poetry. Her abilites as a shrewd entrepreneur were also demonstrated when from 1909-1912 she had the Villa Igea on the Lido of Venice built, and a liberty villa on the banks of the Tiber in Rome. Working as a nurse during the First World War, she met DAnnunzio at Fiume. Frequenting the salons of the capital, she also moved around influential and artistic circles in Paris and London, speaking three languages fluently. In 1939 she visited Tripoli, where her daughter lived with her husband Alberto Briganti, commander of the Libyan Airforce, and travelled to Cairo. During the Second World War she took refuge in the Villa at Casale, near Vicenza, continuing to paint in a style veering from the realism of the acamdemy to a tonal and romantic Impressionism. Portraits, flowers and landscapes dominate among her themes, in particular her beloved Venice, for whom she strenously fought for its safeguarding, maintaining a correspondance with many famous artistic personalities and journalists.
The exhibition at Vicenza offers more than 30 works from various periods, from the end of the 19th century until the 1950s: her early mountain landscapes, portraits of Neapolitan street urchins dating from her journey south as well as later portraits of influential personalities with whom she frequented in la bel monde, still lifes and panoramas of Venice.