Pizzi Cannella

Studio d'Arte Cannaviello

Contemporary artists have been drawn to Rome by the thread of an ancient tradition that began at the end of the cinquecento with Caravaggio, a Lombard, and continues into our own times with Cy Twombly, a Virginian, and Jannis Kounellis, a Greek from Piraeus, and many others, each working in his own stylistic vein. What has attracted them if not the city's tolerance of decay, and the glimpse of the future, of the ultimate order of things, that that decay affords?

Pizzi Cannella, however, is a native, and he therefore expresses himself directly, without recourse to simulacra of that dense, shadowy substance that lies at the bottom of the cultivated terrain of the idea of Rome. His art draws directly from this substratum, which over a period of centuries has resulted in a local pictorial tradition, stubborn and recurring, endowed with a sort of heretical and irreverent plebeianism. He expresses

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