As one of the most emblematic images of Chirico’s art, Piazza d’Italia represents an enigmatic and desert urban environment where mysterious shadows emerge from the arcades as in a dream. Created in the 50s, the work resumes the main motifs of the series: a red tower, two anonymous characters conversing in the background, a male statue probably inspired by that of Giovanni Battista Bottero in Turin serving as the focal point of the composition, and arcades. A real fascination and obsession for the artist, the latter are structuring elements of the composition. This work tackles with a smooth touch De Chirico’s core ideas: classicism, modernity, time, melancholy, nostalgia and existence. Piazza d’Italia elegantly captures the atmosphere Ardengo Soffici described as that of Chirico’s painting: “Giorgio de Chirico renders like no one else the poignant melancholy of the end of a beautiful day in an old Italian town, with a train passing in the background of a quiet piazza, behind loggias, porticos and old monuments.” (Ardengo Soffici,'De Chirico e Savinio' à Lacerba, July 1, 1914, p. n.).
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