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Unique prints appear at Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Published: Thursday 29th of May 2008

London gallery the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is hosting an exhibition of works collected by Vito Merlini.

The Tuscan gathered a huge collection of prints while working as a doctor, with pieces by Miro among the 1,000-strong haul.

The exhibition is made up from a donation of 279 works Merlini gave to his home town of Peccioli towards the end of his life.

A description of the exhibition on the gallery's website says: "Prints from the Merlini Collection comprises 55 works on paper in a variety of printmaking techniques, focusing on those by Italian artists."

Those represented include Carla Accardi and Renato Guttuso, with Tuscan artists' works also playing their part.

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, based in Canonbury Square, was founded in 1994 and is named after American sociologist Eric Estorick.

He began collecting works of art while living in England after the Second World War, developing a passion for Italian pieces.

London Pass holders can enter the gallery for free.

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