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Felice Giani was one of the major and most representatives exponents of the Neoclassic style: skilled painter and inexhaustible designer, his works are exhibited in the most prestigious museums all over the world. As an ‘interior designer’, he decorated the most beautiful palaces of his time and he worked, among the others, for Napoleon and Catherine the Great.
Piero Leddi was an important artist who animated the Milanese painting scene. between the second post war period and the beginning of the XXI Century. He won extraordinary acclaim from audiences and critics thanks to his distinctive stroke and for the originality of his pictorial cycles representing the contrast between the modern city and the rural world, the French revolution, migration and Fausto Coppi.
Walking through the beautiful borgo of San Sebastiano Curone, in the narrow alleys that bring us back to the epoch of the Imperial fiefdoms and the Salt Road, along Ligurian style squares, Art Nouveau buildings, stone portals and ancient oratorios but also modern installations, we will discover the treasures of the ‘Archivi d’artista’ (Artist’s Archives), dedicated to Felice Giani e Piero Leddi who were born here and wanted to enrich San Sebastiano Curone with their works and projects. The recent requalification of the premises of the two Archivi d’Artista, allows the guests to finally admire some of their precious original creations in a fascinating and unprecedented context.
To make the visit even more interesting there is the exhibition “Utensili, la forma della manualità’ (Tools, the shape of craftsmanship) that Piero Leddi Archives hosts at Palazzo dei Principi , where you can see the engaging installation that his friend Piero Mega (friend of the artist and author of ‘Hic Sunt Leones’ that you can visit in Piazza Roma and present at the Expo 2015 exhibition) created with a fine and varied tools selection collected by Leddi over the years.