Curator Giuseppe Appella speaks with Carlo Sisi and Serena De Dominicis. Introduced by Gloria Manghetti.
In collaboration with the Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G. P. Vieusseux.
A protagonist of the Museo Novecento collections, Antonietta Raphaël Mafai, is recalled by her daughters as a woman and artist who was ‘mysterious and fascinating, severe and inflexible, affectionate and at the same time remote, withholding. Invincible’.
The Catalogo generale della scultura edited by Giuseppe Appella in collaboration with Bruna Fontana (Edizioni Umberto Allemandi) retraces the stages in the sculptural production of one of the most important artists of the 20th century in the years from 1933 to 1971. Fruit of extensive research to track down scattered and heterogeneous sources (including photographs, slides, catalogues, letters, diaries), the volume finally puts paid to doubts and incongruences regarding datings and attributions.
The pages of the catalogue project an image of the multifaceted culture and the hybrid identity onto which Antonietta Raphaël’s work, with its attention to biblical and mythological themes in the feminine and selective reference to the motifs of creation and maternity, was grafted. The volume speaks to the evolution of the Raphaël’s highly-personal path in art and shows the reader all the vitality of original creations whose power surfaces crisply in the photographs presented as separate plates and in the technical summaries – as well as in the substantial chapter that interweaves analysis of the artist’s works with analysis of the critical reception of those works and with biographical data, the whole documented with covers of catalogues and excerpts from letters and diaries.
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