The works of Giorgio de Chirico are among some of the most iconic in the panorama of 20th century Italian art, but few people are aware of the vast literary heritage left by the artist. In an unprecedented exhibition, at its London gallery, Tornabuoni Art is showing over 25 works that cover the entire career of the artist, together with original manuscripts that offer an unknown vision of Giorgio de Chirico and his artistic world. This book, edited by Katherine Robinson, documents the important exhibition through a rich collection of iconographic works, critiques written by modern masters, his contemporaries, some love letters, and also poetry. Visitors will be able to discover a totally new reading of di Chirico’s works through words written by his own hand.
The exhibition includes nine sections, each illustrating a different subject explored by the artist during his career: Piazzas of Italy, Metaphysical Interiors, Portraits and Self-portraits, Still life studies, Mannequins, Horses and Cavaliers, Gladiators, Mythology, and mysterious Bathers in pools.
The catalogue also proposes an important and hitherto unpublished contribution by Gavin Parkinson, Senior Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
A section of bio-bibliographic writings completes the publication.
Katherine Robinson is an art historian, with a degree in painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Giorgio and Isa de Chirico Foundation, and the scientific coordinator of the publication, “Metafisica. Quaderni della Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico”. She is a visiting professor at the Università degli Studi del Molise and has curated many important exhibitions.