• Sabrina Mezzaqui, I quaderni di Adriano (Hadrian’s Notebooks), 2016, twenty notebooks, wood-and-glass table; notebooks, each 8 × 9 3/4“; table, 29 1/2 × 44 3/8 × 44 5/8”.

    Sabrina Mezzaqui and Paolo Novelli

    Galleria Massimo Minini

    There is no clear purpose in hand-drawing ornamental motifs, yet in her I quaderni di Adriano (Hadrian’s Notebooks), 2016, Sabrina Mezzaqui has exhaustively reproduced the decorative scheme of a mosaic floor. Turning the pages of the twenty graph-paper notebooks that comprise the work, arranged in rows of four by five, viewers encountered varying motifs from mosaics in the Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli, an elegant repertory of arabesque, geometric, and floral elements. Ornamentation—an organizational expression of a human predilection for beautiful form—conveys configurations

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