Pictorialism, a fascinating expression of artistic photography, had its moment of maximum splendor between the late 1800s and the first two decades of the 1900s. Pictorial photographers shared a clear-cut aesthetic concept whose goal was to legitimize photography as an artistic expression, on a par with painting and drawing.
Italian Pictorialists competed as equals with virtuoso European and American photographers; they participated and gained renown at the various international Salons of artistic photography.
The exhibit Tangible Hues. Peretti Griva and Italian Pictorialism. From the photograph collection of the National Cinema Museum is dedicated to these highly talented artists.