The Quinto Martini Museum Park: an artist and his land
“It is a great fortune,” Quinto Martini wrote, when the Museum Park named after him opened in 1988, “that my works can be in Seano, where I was born.”
The Tuscan painter, sculptor and poet – who passed away in 1990 – had studied under Ardengo Soffici and known many 20th-century Italian authors and artists, including Cesare Pavese, Carlo Levi, Felice Casorati, Piero Bargellini, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Ottone Rosai, Eugenio Montale and Giorgio Morandi. He arranged for 36 of his bronze sculptures, created over fifty years of activity, to be displayed in a public area donated by the municipality; the sculptures represent the themes he held dearest: beggars, female busts and nudes, and small-town daily life.
“In my sculptures”, Martini explained in 1988, “I want to express the simple vitality of this land. Thus, instead of the confines of a museum, I want them fittingly integrated into the nature that inspired them, where everyone can spend their free time […].”
“Each one of these statues echoes inside of me with a different sound: different for the memory of a specific situation, a particular state of mind, a different age. When I come here, each one talks to me in its own voice, which is my voice from that time. Each one of them is my daughter from a different time, a time so far I can’t even focus on it precisely, perhaps because I never really cared to keep track of time or of what was happening around me.”