This work is a magnificent example of the syncretism of Luigi Ontani, who does not hesitate to mingle different cultures, combining sacred and profane, east and west, to produce a kind of personal mythology. Here it is the character from Greek mythology Endymion, the handsome young man whom Selene had permanently put to sleep and kept eternally young in order to have the freedom to visit him each evening, who meets a Christian devil (but Faust too had received the gift of eternal youth from the devil). The scene, painted in a tondo with a gold leaf border, is also a mature product of Ontani’s great pictorial qualities.
Endimione e Demonio, 1986
Olio su tavola
Diametro cm. 54
Authentication of the Artist on photo
Publications “Idea Aida del Vero Diffida – works by Luigi Ontani 1980 – 1995”, catalog of the exhibition curated by Renato Barilli, 10/12/1995 – 11/02/1996, Galleria dello Scudo, Verona, Galleria dello Scudo (Editions) , 1995, p. 74.
“Luigi Ontani. CiliEgia PineAlita” exhibition catalog, Belluno Palazzo Crepadona and Cortina d’Ampezzo Civic Gallery, 6 August – 24 September 2000, Mazzotta Editore n. 66.
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