Bettolle’s Whimsical Murals

November 22, 2013 / Art & Archaeology
Bettolle, Tuscany

Nothing like having no destination in mind and all day to get there.

“ooh, we’ve often driven by that town over there. Andiamo a prenderci un caffĂ©.”

“Which one do you mean? There are six I can see off your side of the car alone.”

“uhh.. second from the left, it’s the one on the hilltop… ”

We start laughing. They’re all on hilltops.

“You mean the one with the belltower?”

Cackling ensues.

Up the road and around the final bend before the small central piazza, an enormous reproduction of a famous painting from the Risorgimento immediately stands out… with some added fantasia motifs, like a cypress tree, some “ruins” overrun by weeds incorporated into an actual door, a run-down stone balustrade…

bettolle-federico-dagostino2

Park the car, b-line it right back to the corner. Incredible detail work. Affresco, too. Don’t see that anymore much. Master artists only need apply. The fresh plaster forces you to work efficiently and corrections require ingenuity and speed.

Sure enough a small plaque by the fresco reads that it was done by the Bottega di Federico d’Agostino, and then lists his pupils too. Old school! A master artist with his very own ‘scuola’.

We look up and start a chat with two simpatiche locals who had been observing us unawares the entire time.

bettolle-federico-dagostino5

“Ehh, il maestro painted them some time ago. He does a bit less now.” (Here we get his family history and situation.) “You should take a walk around town, he’s done some others.”

And this is what we saw…

Complimenti to Maestro d’Agostino. Auguri to him and family.

bettolle-federico-dagostino3
bettolle-federico-dagostino4
bettolle-federico-dagostino6
bettolle-federico-dagostino8
bettolle-federico-dagostino10
bettolle-federico-dagostino11
bettolle-federico-dagostino12
bettolle-federico-dagostino13
bettolle-federico-dagostino15
bettolle-federico-dagostino16
bettolle-federico-dagostino17
bettolle-federico-dagostino18
bettolle-federico-dagostino19
bettolle-federico-dagostino20
bettolle-federico-dagostino21
bettolle-federico-dagostino22
bettolle-federico-dagostino23
bettolle-federico-dagostino24
bettolle-federico-dagostino25
bettolle-federico-dagostino26

bettolle-federico-dagostino27

GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

23 Responses to “Bettolle’s Whimsical Murals”

  1. Taube Ponce

    Just another example of the wonderful Italian penchant for mixing life and art in daily life!

    Reply
    • Yes, I’ve seen the signs for Bettole many times but never stopped. Next time will be different!

      Reply
  2. Colleen Simpson

    I have driven by so many times without stopping! This note makes me want to hop in the car right now….well, perhaps tomorrow morning to see these artistic marvels myself! Grazie mille, GB for a really great and whimsical note.

    Reply
  3. Lucile Stachowiak

    What beautiful artistry, it almost looks like 3D. What masters of their craft. It’s true, when we are traveling we fail to see and take notice of all the beauty that surrounds us. I hope to travel to Italy again in the near future, this time I’ll sit up and take notice of everything that surrounds me.

    Ciao

    Reply
  4. Stupendo! I love the Signore too– they are too cute. Next time I am in Tuscany I will bring my dog so she can visit her twin in the last photo!

    Reply
  5. Shirley Coppock

    Thanks for the TOUR. Although I may never have the opportunity to visit this area, appreciate you taking the time to share the artistic workmanship and glad the work is being preserved. The Ladies look so Sweet and Charming.

    Reply
  6. Wonderful! Just what I need done on my house to bring a little Italy home. Does maestro D’Angostino make house calls. LOL

    Reply
  7. Silvana Martini Schuster

    Tantissime grazie . . . bellissimi! Will be sure to go there on my next visit to bell’Italia . . . SMS

    Reply
  8. Bob Blesse

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to visit and see these lovely murals in person. The town must be very proud of these

    Reply
  9. Antonio Russo

    Of course, I/we are quite biased: but if there is a more astounding, incredible-in-every-aspect-of life-and-history country on this planet, please point me to it! I don’t find this piece whimsical at all. Just some “attractive” murals and affreschi on the buildings of some out-of-the-way little town in Toscana? NOT at all! This is part and parcel of the universal wonder that is ALL things Italian. Grazie infinite di nuovo, GB!

    Reply
  10. Eligia Cocolo

    Unbelievable it reminds of my love for stencils( I don’t have that kind of talent) I’m sharing it with my sons and friends. Thank you so much

    Reply
  11. Marianna Raccuglia

    Thank you for the lovely photos. It’s a “good thing” that you stopped for “un caffe”

    Reply

Leave a Reply