Texts by Michele Lopez, Geza De Francovich, Arthur Kingsley Porter, Chiara Frugoni, Arturo Carlo Quintavalle
2021 / 72 PAGES
The works of the sculptor and architect Benedetto Antelami were conceived to astonish and narrate. The reader will have close contact with the Cycle of Months, to admire Antelami’s masterpieces in more detail, fully grasping their beauty.
Antelami, architect and sculptor, was the first representative of classical figuration's rebirth, but also a devotee of a formal and elegant style that according to many scholars, was inspired directly by the French experiences of Chartres and Saint-Denis. The volume was printed in conjunction with the exhibition Antelami a Parma.
Il lavoro dell’uomo, il tempo della terra, under the auspices of Parma Italian Capital of Culture 2020 + 21. It is an anthology of texts that provide a fragmented and necessarily multifaceted account of Benedetto Antelami, in different and often complementary interpretations of a lost era by those specialists who have devoted most of their studies and research to it. The sculptures in the Cycle of Months translate the inspiration of Roman classicism into a clear, modern imagery, straightforward and at the same time laden with symbolism.
These works recount a world in harmony with the rhythms of nature, perhaps archaic, to which we can feel close however, because in those simple gestures and frugal forms, we recognise a serenity that we still long for.