From 12 September 2013 to 5 January 2014 the Exhibition Hall of the Mapfre Foundation, Sala Recoletos Paseo de Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid, is showing Macchiaioli. Impressionist realism in Italy.
“In Florence, towards 1855, a group of young painters was undertaking a quest for a new kind of art. They were deeply opposed to both the academic style of painting and historic Romanticism, the contexts of their training, and were pursuing truthfulness in art, adopting outdoor painting as their preferred practice.”
You can read more at Fundación Mapfre. (English and Spanish)
I had the opportunity to visit the exhibition a few days ago. Did you happen to know that Luchino Visconti made extensive use of these pictures for the costumes and mass movements in his film Senso ?