The masterpieces of the Lamberto Vitali collection, published for the first time: a balanced selection of the ancient and the modern.
[A Milanese who spoke Tuscan / Lamberto Vitali and his collection] The extraordinary intellectual curiosity of Lamberto Vitali would be sufficient on its own to explain the great variety and refinement of his renowned collection of artworks and objects, including pieces of Egyptian, Cycladic, Greek and Roman art, medieval sculptures and mosaic fragments, 14th-century paintings, a drawing by Leonardo, all the way to works by the Macchiaioli and the exceptional group of paintings by Morandi.
The Vitali collection is now property of the Pinacoteca di Brera, displayed in the Sala della Passione while awaiting a definitive position in the permanent galleries.
Friends and scholarly colleagues – including Carlo Bertelli, Ermanno Arslan and Michael Hirst – have contributed to this volume, creating a lively, complex portrait of the great Milanese connoisseur, narrating his relationship with art, his commitment to institutions, his passion for archaeology and books.
The book also features the series of photographic portraits of Vitali by Ugo Mulas. All the works of the Vitali collection are reproduced with informative profiles.