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Fabio Mauri, Ideologia e Natura (Ideology and Nature), 1973, photosensitive canvas, 106 1/4 x 80 3/4".

Fabio Mauri

Palazzo Reale

Fabio Mauri, Ideologia e Natura (Ideology and Nature), 1973, photosensitive canvas, 106 1/4 x 80 3/4".

Fabio Mauri was an intellectual par excellence, and while the twentieth century all too readily supplied the subjects of his politically engaged work, it was the age of Enlightenment that provided him with a model of ethical responsibility. Although he was born into an extremely well-to-do family and thus able to observe his era without the compromises dictated by material need, his privileged background served only to heighten his sense of obligation. He became determined to act as a witness to his time with all its misfortunes as a sort of custodian of the world’s memory, a sentinel keeping watch against its deviations from the path of good.

Deviating from the good signifies turning onto the path of evil, and Mauri, who was born in Rome in 1926, experienced firsthand the constrictions and disasters of Fascism and Nazism. When, in the early 1970s, he began to think that the

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