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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Renaissance artists played (with) by Dario Fo

Correggio's Venus
reworked by Dario Fo

The 1997 Italian Nobel Prize in Literature, Dario Fo (1926-2016), mostly known as an irreverent playwright and performer, attended a prestigious school of art when he was young, the Brera Academy in Milan. In his late years he then lectured and published books on many Renaissance artists: Andrea Mantegna, Correggio, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, illustrating them with his own witty, fascinating drawings, paintings, and collages.

His book Correggio che dipingeva appeso in cielo [Correggio, who painted hanging in the sky] pays due honor to an original artist with a great culture and many skills, who was idolized during his life, then forgotten to the extent that many of his works were ascribed to other painters: Dosso Dossi, Giorgione, Lorenzo Lotto, Raffaello, Tiziano. . .  Dario Fo guides the reader in a well-documented tour among Correggio's masterpieces, highlighting their most innovative features while providing interesting insights into the painter's biography and his epoch. The books ends with a basically unknown, explosive text by Galileo Galilei: a dialog between an old-minded professor and a bold peasant, who talks in dialect, about the new pattern of the universe.