Published: Tuesday 15th of January 2013
While on a visit to London it's not hard to spot beautiful Victorian and Georgian buildings lining the streets.
By looking a little closer visitors will spot that inside one of these such constructions is the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, located just off the Holloway Road.
It's a great site to spend a relaxing afternoon, taking in a combination of sculpture and futurist paintings and is the only art gallery in the country to focus on the importance of modern Italian art.
This site is not only a brilliant place to explore and appreciate, but it also holds regular workshops for adults and children which tie into the permanent exhibitions on display.
Therefore, the Estorick Collection is a must-visit venue for any art lovers or even those with creative energy to spare.
The museum is named after Eric Estorick, who was an American sociologist and writer with a passion for collecting art.
After becoming a well known lecturer at New York University and publishing numerous biographies he began to buy drawings by notable artists such as Picasso, Leger and Braque.
He later discovered Umberto Boccioni's book Futurist Painting and Sculpture, marking the beginning of his passion for Italian art and the movement in general.
Estorick amassed a large collection of Italian art with his wife in the 50s and 60s and went on to hold a series of major public exhibitions, marking his development into a full-time art dealer and showbiz representative.
After a glittering career many museums around the world showed interest in purchasing his collections, however it wasn't until six months prior to his death that Estorick set up the Eric and Salome Estorick Foundation, to which he donated all his Italian works.
A Georgian house was purchased in 1994 with a substantial Heritage Lottery grant to house the pieces, as well as an art library, café and gift shop.
The Estorick Collection is best known for its outstanding core of Futurist works, a movement which was founded by the poet F.T Marinetti.
Marinetti aimed to develop an aesthetic based on modern life and technology, breaking free from Italy's oppressive cultural and natural heritage.
This inspired young Milanese painters such as Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carra and Luigi Russolo, who each sought to explore Marinetti's ideas further and bring them to life through visual arts.
Futurist masterpieces such as Boccioni's Modern Idol, Carra's Leaving the Theatre and Balla's The Hand of the Violinist are all on display for visitors to admire.
Other seminal artists to showcase their work include Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio de Chirico and Massimo Campigli.
As well as drawings, etchings and paintings the gallery features many sculptures made from stone, wax and plaster, with famous pieces from Medardo Rosso, who has been hailed "the greatest living sculptor", by the French writer and critic Apollinaire.
Pieces by Rosso on display include Impressions of the Boulevard: Woman with a veil, from 1893, which is his earliest exhibited work.
This is a must-see for sculpture fans or those in the capital who are simply in need of some creative inspiration.
Save time and money sightseeing in London with free entry to top attractions in London.
Posted by Georgina Black
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
London lights up for the winter with special festivals and seasonal sports
Monday 18th of November 2013
There are plenty of things to see and do in London this winter and boroughs all across the city are...
Clothe yourself in designer labels at London's top stores
Monday 11th of November 2013
One of the best things about London is the shopping. It is truly a shop 'til you drop kind of...
Skate in style at the Queen's Ice Rink
Monday 4th of November 2013
Do you know what I love most about the colder seasons? Ice skating! There's nothing quite like...
Fireworks to put the sparkle back into London
Monday 28th of October 2013
London will be ablaze with fireworks this month as the nation gears up for an array of sizzling firework...
American football comes to the UK at Wembley stadium
Monday 14th of October 2013
American football will this month be taking centre-stage at Wembley stadium - one of London's...
Climb the staircase to heaven..at London's most unusual attractions
Monday 30th of September 2013
If you have ever wondered what it was like to climb a staircase to heaven, then come on over to London...
Visit Wembley for a sporting buzz
Wednesday 25th of September 2013
There's an exciting buzz around London at the moment. As football matches set the...
Tower of London has a rich and varied history
Thursday 19th of September 2013
The Tower of London has always played a special part in British culture. It is one of the city's...
Take a nap..at Hampton Court Palace
Monday 16th of September 2013
Fancy a sleepover at Hampton Court Palace? If you have ever relished the thought of staying at one...
London - the spiritual homeland of fashion
Thursday 12th of September 2013
London is known for many things. It is known for its magnificence, its diversity and monumental attractions...
Experience the beauty of London from the Thames
Monday 9th of September 2013
There is nothing quite like cruising along the river on a bright autumn morning, taking in the sunshine...