Piazza d'Italia con statua (1937) by Giorgio de ChiricoLa Galleria Nazionale
Florence, Piazza Santa Croce, 1910. A man had a vision, everything reduced to its essence. Ordinary and surreal at once. That man was Giorgio de Chirico, and throughout his career he tried to capture this feeling in his pictures of Italian squares.
This place is deserted, frozen in an undefined hour between night and day. The stark buildings consist only of high white arches and closed green shutters.
The statue is a contradictory presence. In some ways, it's a clear referential symbol, but in others ways, its meaning remains unclear.
So what is the significance of De Chirico's vision? The painter seems to suggest that the time for reflection is short. The train runs along the horizon, reminding us that an epiphany will last only for an instant, leaving the enigma still unresolved.
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