Divine emotion

Written by: Francesca Marotta
Category: Art
23 January 2016

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One of Italian Renaissance buildings, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, accommodates up to Sunday, January 24 (with exceptional opening up to 11 p.m.) one of the most interesting exhibitions of this period. It's called Beauty Divine, between Van Gogh, Chagall and Fontana and is dedicated to reflection on the relationship between art and sacred between mid-nineteenth century and mid twentieth century through more than one hundred works of famous Italian and international artists. I found particularly interesting the White Crucifixion of Marc Chagall, coming from the Art Institute of Chicago. In one meter and 55 centimeters by one meter and 39 centimeters, with deft strokes of white and colored oil the author was able to tell the horror of the persecution that the Jewish people had been living in that period of history so terrible. People crying, rebels with red flag marching on a burning village, people fleeing on a boat, a man trying to rescue the Scrolls of the Law, a woman trying to protect her child, a synagogue in fire with a military dance. This whole humanity surrounds the Christ on the cross, that thanks to the skill of Chagall seems to watch over us. The emotion that transmits this framework is endless.

Photo: Marc Chagall (Moishe Segal; Vitebsk-1887 Saint-Paul-de-Vence 1985) Crucifixion white 1938 oil on canvas, 155 x 139.8 cm. Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1946.925, gift of Alfred S. Alschuler, inv. 1946.925 © ® Chagall, by SIAE 2015

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