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Saturday, November 09, 2013

A rather mysterious Madonna della Pace


Antonio Rizzi (1869-1940)
Madonna della Pace
1927
Oil on canvas
Gallery of Modern Art, Pitti Palace, Florence

Antonio Rizzi, the Italian symbolist and then later Liberty artist was responsible for a number of patriotic mosaics added to the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome after the First World War: La Pace, il Libero pensiero, L' Unione, La Legge, Il Valore

He embraced the Risorgimento

He reflects a society going from largely agrarian to industrial. But his sympathies are with the people of the countryside

His work is largely theatrical in nature

There is an ambiguity and mysteriousness to this depiction of the Madonna della Pace