27 Apr 2017

Research into the history of art. Depero and some unpublished works related to “Le chant du Rossignol” by Stravinskij

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27April 2017



Museo Novecento

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The author Mauro Pratesi in dialogue with the director and founder of the magazine Antonio Pinelli

“Art History Research” is a quarterly magazine published by Carocci publisher born in 1976, founded and directed by Antonio Pinelli.
In forty years of activity it has represented one of the most authoritative voices at an international level in the field of historical-critical research and in the field of visual arts, dealing with topics ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day, dedicating each issue to specific monographic and thematic themes.

During the meeting, the essay by Mauro Pratesi Depero and some unpublished works relating to Le Chant du rossignol by Stravinskij published in issue no. 121 of the magazine.

It is between the end of October and the beginning of November 1916 that Diaghilev, accompanied by Massine and Larinov, visited Depero’s room-studio in via Terenzio 21, in the Prati district in Rome and, being happily impressed by the artist’s works, amassed in a sort of dreamlike creative accumulation, he commissions the construction of the large plastic scenery and the 35 plastic-mobile costumes for the opera Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinskij, scheduled for the spring of 1917 in Paris […]. Following this visit, on November 16, 1916 Diaghilev will enter into a regular contract with the artist […] A huge job to be completed in just three months.

Antonio Pinelli

He is one of the most authoritative and esteemed Italian art historians: his numerous publications on fundamental themes of Italian art from the sixteenth century to Neoclassicism published in exhibition catalogs and for the Einaudi, Nuova Italia and Skira publishing houses. He has taught at the Academy of Rome and at the Universities of Pisa and Florence, he is currently an emeritus of History of Modern Art at the University of Florence, and is a prestigious signature on the cultural page of the newspaper “La Repubblica”.

Mauro Pratesi

Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at the Academy of Florence, he is the author of numerous essays relating to twentieth-century themes, published in numerous magazines: “Art Bulletin”, “Perspective”, “Paragone”, “Dialoghi di Storia dell’Arte” ”And author of several publications in exhibition catalogs and for publishing houses, Laterza, Marsilio, Electa, recently published for the types of Pisa University Press: Gio Ponti. Life and artistic path of a protagonist of the twentieth century.

Image: F. Depero, Studio di costumi per Le Chant du rossignol, 1916, foglio di 12 schizzi, penna su carta, cm 20,5 x 26,5, Rovereto, MART, Archivio del ’900, Fondo Depero

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