(b. 1824, Santa Croce sull'Arno, d. 1904, Montemurlo)
Three Peasant Women1881
Oil on canvas, 73 x 34 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence
Along with Telemaco Signorini, Silvestro Lega, and Giovanni Fattori, Cristiano Banti was one of the leading members of the 'Macchiaioli' group who frequented the Caffè Michelangiolo in Florence, meeting-place of progressive artists. Banti later became a teacher at the Florentine Academy.
In the Three Peasant Women, the figures are rendered in a rather abstract but luminous outdoor setting with the intimate, dreamlike character of almost Symbolist qualities.