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Gino Severini
1883 - 1966
SALLE À CROIX GRECQUE, DANS LE PALAIS DU VATICAN
signed G. Severini (lower right)
tempera on paper
sheet: 45 by 36.5cm., 17 3/4 by 14 1/2 in.
image: 32.5 by 26.5cm., 12 3/4 by 10 1/2 in.
Executed in 1936 as an illustration for the album La Cité du Vatican, Rome, 1936.
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This work will be included in the additional volume to the Catalogo Ragionato dell'Opera pittorica di Gino Severini, currently being prepared by Daniela Fonti and Romana Severini Brunori.

Provenance

John Winter Collection
Private Collection (by descent from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner 

Literature

La Cité du Vatican, Rome, 1936, no. 31 (Garde Suisse) & no. 17 (Le Musée Etrusque-Grégorien)
Francesco Meloni, Gino Severini. Tutta l'opera grafica, Reggio Emilia, 1982, no. 224 (Garde Suisse) no. 224 (Le Musée Etrusque-Grégorien), illustrated p. 197

Catalogue Note

These illustrations for the album Le cité du Vatican, executed in 1936, provide a wonderful insight into Gino Severini’s practice and interest in capturing form and colour on paper. Acclaimed in Italy and abroad as one of the founders of futurism, sparking the production of extensive scholarship on a more spiritual artistic corpus, his religious commissions were created almost exclusively for ten years during the 1920s and 1930s. Holding artistic value and a sense of coherency within the artist’s avant-garde œuvre, as a dedicated Christian, Severini was interested in the locus of the Vatican, capturing the innate stillness and concentration required from the Swiss Guards, with their uniforms designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, and the 'Gendarmi'. Paired with images of interior and classical statues, these illustrations evoke both the immutable past and sense of tradition in the present.

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