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Maurizio Cannavacciuolo

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Neapolitan artist Maurizio Cannavacciuolo is known for his puzzlelike paintings and wall drawings that densely intertwine decorative patterns, sketches of architectural elements, and images of humans and animals. A recent participant in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s artist-in-residence program, which was founded in 1992 to showcase contemporary art in a gallery separate from the unchanging permanent collection, Cannavacciuolo (selected by contemporary curator Pieranna Cavalchini to help celebrate the museum’s centennial) spent his fall 2003 residency studying and photographing the museum’s interiors as well as Mrs. Gardner’s rare-book collection and personal travel scrapbooks and journals. Upon his return to the museum in February 2004, he and his assistants took five weeks (during which time visitors could watch the creative process unfold through a window) to cover two white

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