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A versatile artist of the 1900s

Leonetto Tintori

A versatile artist of the 1900s

Leonetto Tintori (Prato, 1908 - 2000) was a versatile artist and an internationally renowned restorer. As an artist he has dedicated himself to the most varied expressive techniques ranging from painting (oil, tempera, fresco, pastel, etc.) to sculpture (ceramic, bronze, wood, plaster, wax, etc.) to mosaic, scagliola and other techniques yet. As a restorer he directed some of the most important restoration works of the whole 1900s, particularly related to wall paintings (Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Masaccio, Andrea del Castagno, etc.). He has also worked in foreign countries such as in the Mayan temples in Mexico and in the Egyptian pyramids, in the U.S.A., Japan, Korea, etc. Together with his wife Elena Berruti, also a painter known in the "Scuola d'Arte e Mestieri Leonardo" in the 1920s, he founded in 1983 the Fresco Laboratory of Vainella in his studio-home, immersed in the countryside in Figline near Prato., that, still alive, he donated to the city of Prato.

That cultural asset, which has now become the Museum House, was intended to continue the teaching of fresco and ceramics: a laboratory was born with these motivations, which he first directed as an ancient artisan workshop.

Today Vainella is home to the Association Laboratory for Fresco, heir of Leonetto, and still takes care of those educational and professional activities. In modern classrooms students can learn wall painting techniques such as Fresco, Graffito, Encaustic or Scagliola. In the field of artistic ceramics, personalized courses of varying length and difficulty are organized with materials such as Clay, Gres and Porcelain. Many of his sculptures, specially arranged in a sensory journey (tactile, auditory and olfactory), can also be contemplated by blind and visually impaired people with appropriate guide.