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from Battles to Leonardo

Posted in my news by vittoria chierici on June 29, 2000

I moved to Bologna from Milano in 1992 and started thinking, drawing, digital composing and eventually painting on a very unpleasant and unfortunately realistic subject: war. In its  historical gender of battles, I found a space to challenge my technique and language. In 1996, I had  solo shows with mixed media works on canvas at the art gallery Studio Ercolani in Bologna; at  the Circolo Artistico of Faenza, near Bologna, curated by Pietro Bellasi. In a book  published by I Quaderni del Circolo Artistico, also poems by Roberto Roversi. See about this solo show the review by art historian  Dario Trento: I soldatini di Vittoria e le rime di Roversi,  in La Repubblica, April. 17, 1997.  He writes ( Italian) ” I dipinti di Vittoria Chierici mettono in scena soldatini giocattolo mescolando pose e categorie…Cosi’ ogni mediazione naturalistica viene a cadere…” That same year I had another show, Message in the Battle, with Corrado Levi at Eos gallery in Milano. Brochure with article by art historian Paolo Fossati and Maria Perosino.

Meanwhile, I have been studying the  story of a lost mural by Leonardo da Vinci, the Battle of Anghiari, which I knew quite well from my university studies. In the winter of 2000, I had a commission from the city of Anghiari, near Arezzo Italy, to paint a very large mixed media work on canvas  revisiting the original sketches by Leonardo. On June 29, 2000, I presented the painting, (il Leonardo Scomparso, cm 300 x 600 ) to the public at the museum of  Palazzo Marzocco in Anghiari where it  is permanently exhibited.

See the reviews on Il Giornale dell’Arte, July-August 2000; La Nazione, June 20, by Walter Del Sere; La Nazione, Jul.1, 2000, by Michele Casini.

Cari amici,

Il poeta Roberto Roversi un giorno mi disse che lavorare sulla guerra sarebbe stato per me interessante, ma non produttivo. Era capitato anche a lui. Le poesie d’amore gli avrebbero poi dato piu’ ascolto. Io ho sempre scelto dei temi a caso, ma non poi cosi’ a caso. La battaglia e’ un genere storico ma anche biografico, come, penso, per molti della mia generazione.

La battaglia di Anghiari di Leonardo e’ stato un gran viaggio attraverso la storia e le mie sperimentazioni stilistiche.

Vittoria Chierici

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