// Simone was born in Pietrasanta in Tuscany, Italy. His great passion for photography led him to dedicate himself to several series of photos of his home region´s places, landscapes, and people. Simone shared a series on an exhibition in Lucca, where a large exhibition of paintings from the 17th century is currently on view.
“All works, no matter what or by whom painted, are nothing but bagatelles and childish trifles… unless they are made and painted from life, and there can be nothing… better than to follow nature. ”
What draws you to the arts?
“I am attracted to art by beauty and above all by the difficulty and development in creating works through the working process.”
What did you like most about this exhibition?
“ I was attracted not only by the artworks, but in particular by the play of light and shadow and colours. I have always been attracted to these strong contrasts in photography.”
Simone visited the exhibition “The Painters of Light. From Caravaggio to Paolini” at Spazio Cavallerizza, a former cavalry space in central Lucca, Tuscany. Spazio Cavallerizza houses temporary art exhibitions and cultural initiatives of various kinds. This exhibition brings together more than 100 works from principal Italian museums to Lucca, as well as from prestigious collections. The works of many famous 17th century painters from Italy and abroad are exhibited in a very atmospheric setting, among them also Lucca´s very own Pietro Paolini, called il Lucchese, of the Baroque period.
In this series we can admire in particular the low light situation in the museum, which brings out the colours of these paintings to particular effect, and which Simone has finely captured in his photographs.
If you are in Tuscany, this recommendable exhibition is still on until October 2022. We applaud Simone for his artful compositions and handling of the low light situation, making him also one of the masters of light.
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All photos © Simone Batini
To see more of his photography visit Simone´s Instagram page.
We have previously featured Simone´s documentary photography about Carrara marble sculptors in the magazine.