Updated: Jun 14, 2022
Today seemed perfect to present one of the most important Italian artists of international fame, Lucio Fontana (1899-1968). A selection of circa 20 polychrome ceramic crucifixes were displayed in the grand entrance hall of the Galleria Borghese in last year’s show “Terra e Oro”. The exhibition also included a series of gold “spatial concepts” integrated amidst the paintings of the collector extraordinaire Scipione Borghese. Although Fontana is perhaps best known for his spatial concepts in which the surface of the canvas was traversed, contemporaneously he produced polychrome ceramics with historical and religious themes. His crucifixes span the period from 1948-1961. The baroque abstraction of the crucifixes is particularly pertinent in this temple of the Baroque which houses the sculptural and painted works of the two most important exponents of the Baroque period, Bernini and Caravaggio respectively. Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!!