Diego Martelli was one of the leading and influential art critic in Florence -- a defender of the Macchiaioli and the impressionists and became close friends with artists who displayed the qualities most admired in Degas.
Martelli was an extraordinary
figure and is one of the key intellectual players in late 19th century
Italian art, writing on topics of Art as well as Social and Political issues. Though not a
overly wealthy man, he helped the artists he cared about as much as he
could and at the time of his death had amassed an amazing collection from
the artists of the Macchiaioli.
By: Natasha Wallace
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