La questione dello stile a confronto con il tema del sacro: Lodovico Pogliaghi e Adolfo de Carolis

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The question of style compared to the theme of the sacred: Lodovico Pogliaghi and Adolfo de Carolis

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Abstract

The activities of Adolfo de Carolis (1870-1928) and Lodovico Pogliaghi (1857-1950) to decorate the Basilica del Santo, in the first decades of the twentieth century, constitute an interesting case study, to investigate the reception of the stylistic novelties of European art in Italy, between the late nineteenth century - a period in which the two artists belonged to their own mature style - the era of the avant-gardes and the “Novecento” of the twentieth century and the "return to order". The decoration of the Chapel of St. Francis by the painter from the Marche, an Italian region, was operated between 1925 and 1928, the year of his death, while the execution of the Chapel of the Sacrament by the Lombard sculptor Lodovico Pogliaghi had a very long gestation between 1906 and 1936. Both artists, although with a different stylistic approach, were protagonists, in the fin de siècle period, of the renewal of the style of mural art and of the search for a national artistic language based on the rediscovery of the Italian artistic tradition, particularly Medieval and Renaissance, filtered through the contemporary researches of decorative art developed in England, first and then in France. All these historical and stylistic references come from the two authors filtered by the personal artistic attitude in order to identify a new and Italian style to be applied to decorative and mural art. United by the interest also for the ancient techniques, from the fresco to the decorative arts, they find themselves working in the Basilica of Padua in an age in which their style appears to be delayed and not updated on the new instances of contemporary art, exemplarily represented , right in the same spaces of the basilica by the twentieth century painter Ubaldo Oppi, called to complete the frescoes started by de Carolis. Therefore, their presence in the decoration of the basilica constitutes a bridge, without solution of continuity, beyond the avant-gardes, between the instances of the art of the late nineteenth century and the new language of "return to order". Precisely this particular "condition" allows us to formulate considerations, in part unpublished, on the persistence in art, and in mural art, of common values, even in the variation of styles, which rest on the tradition of Italian art.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The question of style compared to the theme of the sacred: Lodovico Pogliaghi and Adolfo de Carolis
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationCultura, arte e committenza nella Basilica di S. Antonio di Padova tra Ottocento e Novecento: Convegno internazionale di studi, Padova, 22-24 maggio 2019
Pages311-320
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventCultura. arte e committente nella Basilica di S. Antonio di Padova tra Ottocento e Novecento: Congresso internazionale di studi - Padova, Centro Studi Antoniani
Duration: 22 May 201924 May 2019

Conference

ConferenceCultura. arte e committente nella Basilica di S. Antonio di Padova tra Ottocento e Novecento: Congresso internazionale di studi
CityPadova, Centro Studi Antoniani
Period22/5/1924/5/19

Keywords

  • arte sacra
  • pittura murale

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