All art is contemporary…Last Episode

08 March 2021

The last week of Flashback, all art is contemporary, Ludens, in its Extended Edition version.

This is the last episode of our weekly appointments, which have allowed us examining in depth – in an unprecedented version, the works presented by Flashback’s galleries. 

This last week of the on-line fair ends by a tale on the history of mankind through myths and legends, whilst the galleries are waiting for you off-line to visit their exhibitions. 

This is the link to visit the on-line fair, where you will find the list of the exhibitors and all the works we have presented you throughout these four months in our weekly episodes, news and all our social channels. On the other hand, this is the link to the visit section, where you can discover the whole program in the galleries’ seats.

As you know, Flashback decided to keep on supporting its galleries from November 3rd up to March 7th 2021 through what has been defined a Extended Edition, which developed on the territory and on the web in a network of exchange and support under the banner of statement “we are not alone and neither are you” 

“Myths and legends”

“A myth is the metaphor of a mystery that goes beyond human understanding. It is a story that helps us understand, by analogy, some mysterious aspects of ourselves”
(Christopher Vogler)

The pathway through the ancient stories starts with Narciso alla fonte, la ninfa Eco e Amore, oil on panel of the first half of 17th Century by Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari. Narcissus mirrors himself at the stream, with Eco and Eros behind him.  Eco, condemned by Hera to repeat all that she hears to b said, falls in love with Narcissus, but she is not reciprocated, and she will die of sorrow because of that. Narcissus is punished by Nemesis because of his insensitivity: having gone to thee stream to refresh, he looks at his reflected image and falls in love with it, forgetting to eat and drink for days. This will be his end. 

The myth of the Ratto delle Sabine (Rape of the Sabine Women) is told us by Enrico Paulucci, in an oil on canvas of 1934. The style of the work reminds us post-impressionism. The painting portrays the moment where the Romans, which are represented naked, kidnap the Sabine women. The desperate women try to flee; yet, some of them are already overpowered and resigned. All around and at the horizon there is a barren landscape of warm colors.  

We continue with Earthly Paradise (Il paradiso terrestre) by Herri Met De Bles II, oil on panel of 1540 approx. The Garden of Eden is the original primitive area of happiness and purity. Adam and Eve, the first humans on Earth, are called to enjoy the beauty of this locus amoenus, where the flora and the fauna are luxuriant. In this work, which directly recalls Bosch by his influence, we find a forest populated by fantastic animals and monsters. 

Salvo illustrates us the myth of Ippolito e Fedra (Hippolytus and Phaedra), by the work of 1977, oil on panel: a moment of tension, underlined by the bright colors and by the expectation of something terrible which is to happen at any moment. Phaedra, wife of Theseus, falls in love with her stepson Hippolytus and – having been rejected – takes her revenge telling her husband she has been raped. Theseus punishes his son calling Poseidon: the god sends a rogue wave that frightens the horsed of Hippolytus chariot, and Hippolytus is overturned. The painting represents Theseus calling Poseidon and Hippolytus on horseback, with the waves that already appear at the horizon. 

We conclude our journey with work Salomè by Vittorio Zecchin, oil on panel of about 1919. The two feminine visages that are represented emanate some mystic eroticism and show a Byzantine-like style that recalls us painter Gustav Klimt. The legend of Salomè narrates that she had John the Baptist beheaded since the latter had accused her mother, Herodias, of leaving her father and escaping with her uncle. The charm of this legend lies in the fact that – in the various representations by artist throughout the centuries – the mother and the daughter were often exchanged: is the figure who holds John’s head Salomè or Herodias? The mystery of this duplicity has never been solved.

In the image, on the top Left /hand: Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari, Narciso alla fonte, la ninfa Eco e Amore (Narcissus at the stream nymph Eco and Eros) first half of the 17th Century, oil on panel, cm 148 x 180, courtesy of: Arcuti Fine Art, Rome; Turin (I). Followed by: Salvo, Ippolito e Fedra (Hippolytus and Phaedra), 1977, oil on panel, cm 42 x 27, courtesy of: Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Dogana (RSM).
Below, on the LH side: : Enrico Paulucci, Ratto delle Sabine (The Rape of the Sabine Women) 1934, oil on canvas, cm 65 x 100, courtesy ofGalleria d’Arte Roccatre, Turin (I). Followed by: Vittorio Zecchin, Salomè, about 1919, oil on panel, cm 45 x 35, courtesy of: Galleria d’Arte Cesaro, Padua (I). Followed by: Herri Met De Bles II, Earthly Paradise (Il paradiso terrestre), 1540 approx., oil on panel cm 25 x 20, courtesy of: Caretto&Occhinegro, Turin (I).

Flashback 2020, Extended Edition…Expo

800 / 900 Artstudio
, Livorno, Lucca (I)…Aleandri Arte Moderna, Rome (I)…Paolo Antonacci, Rome (I)…Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art, Rome (I)…Arcuti Fine Art, Roma, Turin (I)…Galleria Arte Cesaro, Padua (I)…Galleria Umberto Benappi, Turin (I)…Biasutti & Biasutti, Turin (I)…Bottegantica, Milan, Bologna (I)…Callisto Fine Arts, London (UK)…Galleria Luigi Caretto, Turin (I), Madrid (E)…Caretto & Occhinegro, Turin(I)…Mirco Cattai Fine Art & Antique Rugs, Milan (I)…Cecchetto e Prior Alto Antiquariato, Asolo TV, Castelfranco Veneto TV (I)…Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting, Milan (I)…Copetti Antiquari, Udine (I)…Galleria Del Ponte, Turin (I)…Galleria dello Scudo, Verona (I)…Alessandra Di Castro Antichità, Rome (I)…Flavio Gianassi – FG Fine Art, London (UK)…Galleria Giamblanco, Turin (I)…Gilistra Japanese Art, Turin (I)…Il Castello, Milan (I)…ML Fine Art – Matteo Lampertico, Milan (I), London UK)…Longari Arte Milan, Milan (I)…Mazzoleni, London (UK), Turin (I)…MB Arte Libri, Milan (I)…Il Mercante delle Venezie, Vicenza (I)…Lorenzo e Paola Monticone Gioielli d’epoca, Turin (I)…Maurizio Nobile, Bologna (I), Paris (F)…Piacenti, London (UK)…Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Dogana (RSM)…Flavio Pozzallo, Oulx TO (I)…Galleria d’Arte Roccatre, Turin (I)…Galleria Russo, Rome (I)…Schreiber Collezioni, Turin (I)…Secol-Art di Masoero, Turin (I)…Studio d’Arte Campaiola, Roma (I)…Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C., Rome (I), London (UK)…White Lands, Turin (I).