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Park Museum Quinto Martini


The Park Museum “Quinto Martini” was opened in 1988, while the artist (born in Seano) was still alive: he died in 1990 at the age of 82 years.
Located in the picturesque natural setting of the hills of Carmignano, in a green open space crossed by a stream in the southern part of the village, the Park hosts 36 works of art in cast bronze, made by the artist between 1931 and 1988: an ideal walk - made of moments fixed in eternity, between rural scenes and real life – a place where to regain your body and spirit, but also over fifty years of synthesis of artistic research.

Chelazzi wrote that the Park is in fact a recovery of urban space “a field to be used by the community” which will propose you “in the distance the hills, places of work and culture” that will grant “areas for recreation, physical exercise, relationship with the art”.

Quinto Martini

Quinto Martini was born in 1908 in Seano, near Florence. He early starts “to pug mud” modelling “figurines, horses and entire battles” and “to dirty with carbon and colours” not knowing that “there were artists and what was the meaning of art”, as he said in one of his self-presentation.
The discovery of art and artists takes place in 1926 when he went to Ardengo Soffici to show him four of his works. An important meeting that changes his life and introduced him to the knowledge of contemporary Italian and European art. In February 1927, at the first exhibition of “Il Selvaggio”, next to the works of Mino Maccari, Carlo Carrà, Ottone Rosai, Giorgio Morandi, Achille Lega and of their master, there are also the paintings of Quinto Martini.

Martini entered very young the Florence artists’ and intellectuals’ world, and soon he has the possibility to know the Turin’s one. During the military service he met Felice Castrati, Cesare Pavese and the “Six Painters” group of Turin. They were typical interpreters of an anti-fascist culture inspired by the lessons of the French painters, from Manet to Cézanne, and it was far away from the Florentine atmosphere. He returned permanently to Florence and resumes contacts with Soffici focusing his interest on the sculpture, the kind of art which will make him gain the appreciation of the critics.

In 1934 he made is debut at the XIX Biennial of Venice with “La Seanese”, a splendid summary of his natural inclination towards the essence of the things that will lead him to a form of anti-academic expression and at the same time to the choice of the poor materials such as terracotta and river stones, also looking for the same simplicity of results in bronze. So Quinto Martini, inspired by the art of Ardengo Soffici, started his artistic way towards certain archaisms of Etruscan sculpture, while the author’s stylistic development will establish through the experimentation of the 20th century artistic languages.


His works, reproduced on "Il Selvaggio", "Il frontespizio" and "Il Contemporaneo", are evidence of the participation of the artist in a broader cultural story that involves the literary sphere and its relationship with poets and writers, according to tradition stimulated in Tuscany by “Civiltà delle riviste”. After World War II he joined the movement “Nuovo Umanesimo” an art group with Giovanni Colacicchi, Oscar Gallo and others, and he was present in all important artistic events in Italy, including all editions of the Quadriennale di Roma.
In addition to some significant personal exhibitions must be mentioned his participation in important “collective exhibitions” in Italy and abroad. From the 1960s until 1977 Quinto Martini is Professor of sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.

The artistic activity of Quinto Martini was intense until a few days before his death on November 9, 1990. Among the most important works must be mentioned the series of bas-reliefs dedicated to the Rain (displayed in 1978 in a personal exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence); the series of bas-reliefs and lithographs dedicated to Dante’s Divine Comedy (exhibited in several occasions in Italy and abroad); the portraits of famous personalities of the cultural and artistic Florentine world (exhibited in 1992 at Gabinetto Vieusseux of Florence); finally an over all the Park Museum of Seano where are displayed 36 sculptures in bronze, the most representative of the artist’s works.
The literary work of Quinto is also of interest: the two novels “I giorni sono lunghi” (the days are long) and “Chi ha paura va alla Guerra” (Who is afraid goes to war), stories, poems, published in 2002 by the publisher Le Letter in Poesie a colori, with the images presented by the artist as a visual commentary of the poetic text.

Parco museo Quinto Martini a Seano (Carmignano)
Quinto Martini "La Seanese", parco museo Quinto Martini a Seano (Carmignano)

Addresses and contacts

Via Pistoiese
- 59011
Phone: 055 8750250 055 8750231
Opening time The park is always opened.
Tickets: free entrance.
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