Collection Alberto della Ragione, Genoa (today partly in Florence)
Engineer and businessman Alberto della Ragione (1892-1973) first started collecting 19th century Napolitan artists. After his visit to the first I Quadriennale di Roma, in 1931, he developed an interest in Italian modern art. Then, he started to build his modernist collection, first through an exchange with Milanese gallerist Vittorio Barbaroux: he gave Barbaroux his 19th century art collection in exchange for works by De Pisis, Carrà, Campigli, Morandi and Sironi. In 1938, through the same Barbaroux, he acquired other works for his collection, among which the famous Autoritratto by Amedeo Modigliani. His collection of modern art was also presented at the exhibition of private collections of Italian modern art at Cortina d'Ampezzo, in 1941. On that occasion he was awarded the title of Patron of the Arts and of the best collection of National Art. The early 1940s is also marked by the important role he played giving support to young artists of the so-called Corrente group - formed by anti-fascist artists. In 1969, approximately 200 works of his collection were donated to the city of Florence, through the mediation of art critic Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti.
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