Published to coincide with the exhibition “The last Caravaggio: heirs and new masters “at Gallerie d’Italia – Piazza Scala, the Intesa Sanpaolo Museum in Milan, this book provides illustrations of the exhibition works, but also an in-depth analysis of the figure and work of the artist.
Omar Galliani is one of the most original figures on the contemporary artistic scene. The focal point of the exhibition, and therefore this publication, is represented by the work Red Cadmium for Caravaggio. The piece is based on Caravaggio’s Martyrdom of Saint Ursula masterpiece of the Intesa Sanpaolo collection, and proposes Omar Galliani’s reflections on Michelangelo Merisi.
As well as the 10 works on show, the book includes a large number of other works by the artist illustrating his artistic progress, as well as an article by Omar Galliani and a detailed essay by Raffaella Resch, curator of the exhibition and publishing project.
The publication is rich in biographical and bibliographical material that provides a deep insight into the artist and his work.
Omar Galliani was born in Montecchio Emilia in 1954 and graduated from the Academy of fine arts of Bologna, where he lives and works.
He has participated three times at the Venice Biennale, in 1982, 1984 and 1986, and since then, his work has been shown in important exhibitions and museums all over the world. During the Seventies, he was part of the Anachronism movement: in contrast to conceptual art and contemporary multimedia techniques, he returned to painting as a means of expression, proposing classical subjects and iconography. This experience remained the focal point of his artistic development. In fact, despite Galliani’s experiments with various techniques, from painting to installation art, he has mainly concentrated on pencil and charcoal drawings.
His modern interpretation of traditional art expresses his desire to identify a poetic and temporal continuity between the past and present.