Naked boy and lion


Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Lanfranco Frigeri, this is the full name of the artist, is a painter with a very long life. Equipped with an acute surrealist perception, he was influenced in his youth by the pages of the first comics he could read. In the 1960s he began to perform a series of works that brought him closer to some of the themes dear to Salvador Dali. Women and other characters located in metaphysical landscapes, in which the perfection of the pictorial stroke tends to describe not reality, but the idea of ​​reality itself. An absolutely unique figure in the Mantuan landscape, and rightly a champion of the enchanted world of the Po Valley that escapes the conventions of twentieth-century art, Lanfranco also shows his imagination and his sense of color in this canvas. A young, almost completely naked, blond man stands in front of an intensely blue sky, while a roaring lion joins him. On the right appears a face of a woman whose face is identical in appearance to the young man's. Blue tones dominate, counterpointed by the golden yellow of the lion and the hair of the two characters. An aura of waiting surrounds the scene, which also draws its strength from the incisive representation of physical details, while the couple's eyes remain turned to our left, to plumb the depths of an unfathomable infinity.

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  • Title: Naked boy and lion
  • Creator: Lanfranco