Perhaps the most well-known artist of Livornese origins is Amedeo Modigliani. He was born into a Jewish family in Livorno in 1884 and gained his early artistic training within the Macchiaioli group.
Modigliani spent most of his short life in Paris, where he died in 1920.
Modigliani was both an artist and a sculptor and was influenced by Cézanne, Picasso, and by African sculpture, but essentially by his Italian heritage. He was probably the greatest Italian artist of the 20th century.
His work only began to be noticed by the critics after he died, in particular following an exhibition of his paintings at the Venice Biennale in 1930.
Nowadays his paintings can be seen in various parts of the world, from Italy to Switzerland, France, Britain, and the USA but sadly not in Livorno itself. The nearest gallery exhibiting his work is the Museo Civico di Arte Contemporaneo in Milan.
The house where he was born is in Via Roma, close to Piazza Attias, in Livorno town centre and is open to the public (see below). A plaque on the wall commemorates the event.
Visits to Modigliani's birthplace
Modigliani's birthplace in Via Roma 38 is open to visitors from 10th April to 31st October, from 10.30am to 12.30pm daily. (Closed on public holidays: Easter Sunday and Monday, 25th April, 1st May and 15th August). Special openings can be arranged for groups during the winter months. Entrance €5 per person
For further information see the official website