Una Famiglia, Due Tenute
Springtime at Villa Le Corti brings an interesting exhibit with it. It focuses on a theme that, perhaps more than any other, has influenced the history of Italy, a country where people’s relationship with the earth has always been the center of revolutions, discussion, and drastic interventions. To understand the importance of agriculture in the “Bel Paese” and the imprint it has left on modern history, one just has to remember that even after the war, the primary sector provided a quarter of national wealth with over 50% of the population working in the fields.
“The goal of the exhibit, organized by the Corsini Foundation,” says Clotilde Corsini, “is to narrate how agriculture and the rural countryside underwent important modifications, particularly in these changing times and with methods of cultivation. To demonstrate these dynamics, we compared the agricultural stories of several historical properties of the Corsini family: Villa Le Corti in San Casciano Val di Pesa,Fattoria di Renacci in Valdarno, and Tenuta Marsiliana in the province of Grosseto.”
The evolution of agriculture from 1700-1900 – Three Tuscan examples (Evoluzione dell’agricoltura tra ‘700 e ‘900 – Tre esempi toscani) is the name of the exhibit. It may be visited at Villa Le Corti beginning Saturday, May 14 until Saturday, May 28. The exhibit is set up in three rooms on the ground floor, each one dedicated to a property, where the rural history is reconstructed using original documents.
The exhibit takes a trip through time in letters, plants, photographs, documents, and farm records extracted from the Corsini Archive, which stores an immense font of documentary and property information for the family. Today, it is located in Villa Le Corti. One of the most spectacular pieces on display is the enormous plant from the Renacci Farm. In the mid-19th century, the farm counted over 56 poderi, or farmhouses that housed the numerous families of the farmers.
“With the Evolution of Agriculture exhibit, we recount the tales of two worlds that are close, but very different from one another,” continues Clotilde Corsini. “On one hand is the sharecropping system, which is found, for example, in the Chianti Classico zone. One the other is the difficult emancipation of the Maremma, a once-harsh territory that had vast areas of marsh and swamp, oppressed by heavy taxes. After Italy’s unification, the territory was reclaimed and transformed by mechanized agriculture. And a pioneer of these times was our ancestor Tommaso Corsini(1835-1919). In the mid-1800s, he systematically and rationally introduced mechanized agriculture in the properties of the Marsiliana.”
Visitors to the exhibit The evolution of agriculture from 1700-1900 – Three Tuscan examples (visit by booking; call 055-8293026) will be offered a glass of wine in the Enoteca della Villa, which is the seat of the Principe Corsini winery, producing Tuscan wines (Chianti Classico and Maremma) and extra virgin olive oil, all from organic agriculture.
The exhibit is organized as part of Amico Museo, organized by the Region of Tuscany, which networks hundreds of exhibitions spaces and cultural events.
Visits by booking only, € 10.
Children up to 12 years old enter free.
Tel. 055-8293026 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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