Il simbolo scomodo. La figura di Caravaggio nella letteratura italiana
2015 (Italian)In: STUDI DI ITALIANISTICA NORDICA: ATTI DEL X CONVEGNO DEGLI ITALIANISTI SCANDINAVI, UNIVERSITÀ D’ISLANDA — UNIVERSITÀ DI BERGEN (REYKJAVIK 13–15 GIUGNO 2013) / [ed] Marco Gargiulo, Margareth Hagen, Stefano Rosatti, Roma: Aracne editrice , 2015, 307-331 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
In recent years, the art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610)has been the subject of growing number of publication, both scientific and narrative. The current article examines a sample of literary texts in order to identify the crucial elements in the construction of the complicated figure of the artist in the Italian contest.The analysis of the texts allows to conclude that the image of Caravaggio and his art have gradually changed, while a number of elements remained the same. Caravaggio’s contemporary poets dedicated lyrics mostly to the paintings belonging to the first half ofhis career, while for later generations, the artist’s name is connectedto the realism and the dramatic use of light of his religious subjects. Caravaggio’s oeuvre was rediscovered during the twentieth century and modern writers like Gadda, Pasolini and Volponi were able to recognize themselves in the realistic, disturbing and carnal art of the early seventeenth century which was also a period of crisis and profound social and cultural change. Later, the writers get more interestedin the dramatic and adventurous life of the artist, discussed vividly by his early biographers. The selection of texts analyzed in a more extensive way include works by Andrea Camilleri, Dario Fo,Ermanno Rea, Francesco Fioretti and Pino Di Silvestro.The modernity of Caravaggio’s art has brought some authors to consider him as our contemporary and to emphasize the parallels between the Italian society of his time and contemporary Italy. The artist is seen as a symbol of civil courage and the decline of a great epoch in the history of Italian culture. The historic and social continuity asserted on the thematic level is reflected on the textual level by recovering of the old Italian sources and stylization of the language. Nonetheless, Caravaggio remains an uncomfortable symbol of the Italian genius, because some elements of his personal life indicate clearly the gap that separates his time from ours.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Roma: Aracne editrice , 2015. 307-331 p.
Caravaggio, Italian literature, art in literature, artists in literature
Research subject Literature; Romance Languages
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270585ISBN: 978-88-548-7898-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270585DiVA: diva2:890161