PAINTING & ART
The Tuscan light has exercised a strong pull on painters for hundreds of years– and Pignano is no exception.
Tuscany’s oldest art of the modern age comes from nearby Volterra which gave birth to the twelfth century Lucchese School.
Ancient frescos adorn some of the Villa’s rooms, a large collection of Italian etchings made by British artists hang throughout the main house and the estate itself is a favourite of artists.
The well-known British figurative painter Euan Uglow stayed frequently in Pignano during the 1950s and 1970s and his painting, The Quarry Pignano, hangs in London’s Hayward Gallery.
Pignano remains a perch for painters – some of whom stay rooted to the spot for their entire stay while others use it as base to venture to some of the nearby hilltowns