All art is contemporary…episode #3

14 December 2020

“The authors from Tuscany in Flashback 2020’s works”

The first one – from Livorno – is Benvenuto Benvenuti, born in 1881, a member of the Divisionism movement with La danza della Morte of 1913: the dance macabre is an iconographic theme of the late Middle Ages, which – even though it was already known in the ancient times – we often find again throughout the centuries.

The second one, again from Livorno and Divisionist, is Plinio Nomellini, born in 1866. The work is Perduto nella meditazione, a panel of romantic inspiration that was made for the International Exhibition of Industry and Labor held in Turin in 1911.

Then, Gino Severini, born in 1883, a divisionist too, but from Cortona, besides his being cubofuturist and classicist, who – with Natura morta con aragosta – merges the whole with the detail, thus creating a synthesis between realism and fantastic. 

Born in Prato in 1777, Lorenzo Bartolini, the symbol sculptor of Purismo in Italy who – in despise of ancient statuary’s pedantry and of the neoclassic aesthetic canons – searched for beauty in reality. The work is Ritratto del principe Klemens Wenzel von Metternich.

Finally, Cecco Di Pietro, born in Pisa in 1330, one of the most significant representatives of the Pisa school in the second half of the XIV Century, who – through the tempera on deck San Raineri e Sant’Ambrogio (?) –  is taking us to the church of San Francesco in Pisa, with its Proto-Renaissance atmospheres.

“…Being Tuscan is a very difficult thing… because of something that is within us, in our deep nature, something different from what the others have inside”. (Curzio Malaparte, Maledetti Toscani)


In the image, on the top left side: Cecco Di Pietro, San Ranieri e Sant’Ambrogio (?), tempera on panel, cm 93.2 x 34 (each), courtesy of Flavio Gianassi – FG Fine Art (London). Follows: Gino Severini, Natura morta con aragosta, 1932 – 1933 approx., oil on canvas, cm 61 x 50, courtesy of Galleria Russo (Rome). Follows: Lorenzo Bartolini, Ritratto del principe Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, marble, height cm 53, courtesy of Maurizio Nobile (Bologna, Paris).
Below, on the lower left side: Plinio Nomellini, Perduto nella meditazione, oil and pastel on canvas, cm 69.5 x 151.5, courtesy of Paolo Antonacci (Rome). Follows: Benvenuto Benvenuti, La danza della Morte, 1913, oil on cardboard, cm 64.5 x 66, courtesy of 800 / 900 Artstudio (Livorno, Lucca).