Item Number: 112528
Title: Isole del Pensiero : Arnold Böcklin, Giorgio de Chirico, Antonio Nunziante
Author: Faccenda, Giovanni
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Description: Milano: Electa, 2011. 28cm., pbk., 160pp. illus., most in color. Exhibition held at Palazzo Comunale Fiesole. Summary: Hitherto unpublished images from the archives of the Böcklin Foundation in Basle illustrate the treatise written specially by Hans Holenweg, one of today's leading experts on Böcklin, for this publication. A catalogue dedicated to the exhibition about the three artists, united by similar themes and the same poetics. An initiative realized thanks largely to the enthusiasm of Giovanni Faccenda, the great scholar of Arnold Böcklin and Giorgio de Chirico, and now ever closer to the painting of Antonio Nunziante. It is the realization of a dream, because, in the exhibition described in this publication, many of Böcklin's more unusual works will be on display: paintings executed in Italy, including his last work, on which he was working just a few days before his death. Arnold Böcklin was an important figure in terms of art history and not only in Germany. His painting was mythological: dream-like creatures appear between Classical buildings, symbols, allegories and an often obsessive reminder of death. This poetics is something he shares with the other two artists featuring in the exhibition: Giorgio de Chirico, an exponent of metaphysical painting, and Antonio Nunziante, among whose subjects the myth assumes an increasingly important role, as an expression of Classicism, Metaphysics understood with its Aristotelian meaning as a custodian of beauty, and Humanism, as research and an in-depth investigation of the human condition. The book includes a contribution from Hans Holenweg, the leading expert on Arnold Böcklin, who, for the first time, reveals the location depict by the painter in his well-known painting L'isola dei morti (The Island of the Dead). Exactly which rocky island served as the model for the painting has always been hotly debated among art critics.
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