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Massimo Vitali

Italian, b. 1944

Massimo Vitali was born in Como, Italy, in 1944. He studied photography at the London College of Printing, in the 1970s initially working as a photojournalist, but at the beginning of the 1980s, a growing mistrust in the belief that photography had an absolute capacity to reproduce the subtleties of reality led to a change in his career path.

Vitali worked in cinematography for film and television before beginning a fine art practice in 1995. Over the next two decades, he would gain recognition for his highly detailed, epic-scale panoramas — sociopolitical observations of the natural habitat of humankind at leisure. Vitali’s iconic series of beach panoramas, captured from a distance with an elevated large-format camera platform, began in the light of drastic political changes in Italy.

Drawing inspiration from Renaissance and Old Flemish masters, in which the central space is fully exploited and the urban or natural landscape becomes the background, Vitali’s large-scale photographs grasp the viewer by capturing highly detailed observances of the recreational habitats of modern civilization.

Vitali’s work has been collected in six monographs: Beach and Disco, Natural Habitats, Landscapes With Figures, Swimming Pools, Short Stories and, in 2020, Entering A New World.

Additionally, Vitali’s work is represented in the world’s major museums, including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Fonds national d'art contemporain in Paris, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Fondation Cartier in Paris and the Museo Luigi Pecci in Prato.

Vitali lives and works in Lucca (Italy) and in Berlin (Germany).

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Cala Conta Evening - large scale Mediterranean beach scene (artist framed)
By Massimo Vitali
Located in San Francisco, CA
large format beach photograph by Italian photographer Massimo Vitali, renowned for his grand scale topographical observations of the rites and rituals of modern leisure Cala Conta E...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Massimo Vitali

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Wood, Plexiglass, Photographic Film, Photographic Paper, Archival Paper

Malcesine Sail, 1996
By Massimo Vitali
Located in New York, NY
Malcesine Sail, ca. 2002 Offset Lithograph on Consort Royal 300gm paper 26 × 33 3/4 in 66 × 85.7 cm Edition of 120
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1990s Contemporary Massimo Vitali

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Lithograph

Marina Di Massa, plexiglass photgraph, Italy beach scene
By Massimo Vitali
Located in Miami, FL
Massimo Vitali (b. Como, Italy in 1944) is an Italian photographer based in Lucca. Vitali studied photography at the London College of Printing. He initially worked as a photojournal...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Massimo Vitali

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Lithograph, Offset

Rena Majori 2013
By Massimo Vitali
Located in Fairfield, CT
Chromogenic print, edition of 35
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2010s Contemporary Massimo Vitali

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C Print

Massimo Vitali Venezia San Marco, from Landscapes with Figures
By Massimo Vitali
Located in New York, NY
Venezia San Marco, from Landscapes with Figures offset lithograph in colors, 2002, on smooth wove paper, with the artist's inkstamp and numbered edition of 120 on the reverse, publi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Massimo Vitali

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Lithograph

Firenze Via Via, from A Portfolio of Landscapes and Figures
By Massimo Vitali
Located in New York, NY
Firenze Via Via, from A Portfolio of Landscapes and Figures offset lithograph in colors, 2006, on smooth wove paper, with the artist’s inkstamp on the reverse and numbered edition of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Massimo Vitali

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Lithograph

De Haan Kiss offset lithograph by Massimo Vitali. Published by Steidl Verlag.
By Massimo Vitali
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"De Haan Kiss" from "A Portfolio of Landscapes and Figures" offset lithograph. Image of swimmers in pool under dome. Massimo Vitali Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, for Brancolinigrimaldi....
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Early 2000s Contemporary Massimo Vitali

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

Massimo Vitali 'Les Menieures Grande'
By Massimo Vitali
Located in New York, NY
MASSIMO VITALI (B. 1944) Les Menuires Grande, from A Portfolio of Landscapes and Figures offset lithograph in colors, 2006, on smooth wove paper, with the artist’s inkstamp on the re...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Massimo Vitali

Materials

Lithograph

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Galleries Featuring Massimo Vitali

International Fine Arts Consortium - IFAC Arts
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OXENBERG ART LLC
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Rosenbaum Contemporary
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Upsilon Gallery
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West Chelsea Contemporary
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