Saturday, April 23, 2011

BEAUTY: Painting--Rocco Normanno

Italian artist Rocco Normanno, b. 1974, paints breathtakingly realistic scenes of mythology, both classical and Biblical. He may paint like Caravaggio but his settings and people are completely contemporary (in Mercurio a riposo, one can see Mercury's caduceus on the ground, bottom left--and in the scene of Judith cutting off the head of Holofernes in Giuditta e Oloferne, all are wearing modern clothing) --and it is this contrast that brings the interest and tension to his work. He lives and paints in Massa e Cozille, Tuscany.

Top to bottom: San Sebastiano; San Matteo e l'Angelo; Regazzo con casco e tulipani; Mercurio a riposo; Medea; Marte a riposo; Guiditta e Oloferne

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