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A group of painters working in Florence c.1855–65, their name derived from the Italian macchia ‘stain, blot’, referring to the patches of bright, fresh colour they used in their paintings. Influenced by painters such as Corot and Courbet, they represented an important trend in the development towards naturalism in Italian painting. Prominent members of the group included Giovanni Boldini, Giovanni Fattori, and Telemaco Signorini.

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