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Bologna bulletin

If you happen to be in Bologna in early 2019, you might want to look into this:

Word on the street is that Abruzzese painter Gigino Falconi, who at least one critic in Italy has counted among the country’s most admired figurative painters, will be premiering a series called Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) at the Galleria d’Arte Cinquantasei from March through October. The gallery hasn’t yet posted the event on its site, however.

For almost 60 years now, Falconi has used the feminine form in visual allegories that express sweeping political and psychological themes. The exhibit I saw several years ago, entitled “Il Volo della Fenice”(“Flight of the Phoenix”) explored birth and resurrection, mingling the female form with images of the phoenix and the Christ. One of those paintings is on permanent display at the storied Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

His work is worth a look. To get an idea, see I, for one, would love to see how he represents the seasons of life, and perhaps his own sense of mortality, through the female body. At 85, Falconi apparently has hinted that he felt the Winter canvas especially keenly.

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