Exploring the works of Agostino Ferrari: a journey through the art of the sign

Agostino Ferrari, Interno / Esterno, 2011, cm 150 x 150, acrilico + sabbia su tela

How can an artist explore and transform a single element until it becomes the focus of his artistic expression? In this post I want to share with you some things I have discovered about Agostino Ferrari, an important artist in the Italian art scene, born in Milan in 1938.
Agostino Ferrari’s works are distinguished by his innovative use of sign, an element that has characterized and continually renewed his style over the years.

The works of Agostino Ferrari

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Vermeer’s concerto a trio: description of a lost masterpiece

One of Vermeer’s most enigmatic and discussed works is “The Concert for Three.” A lost masterpiece by the 17th-century Dutch master known for his intimate and luminous depictions of domestic life. This painting is one of thirteen works stolen during the famous theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, considered one of the largest unsolved art thefts in history.


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Embroidery and tears in the works of Francesco Vezzoli

Francesco Vezzoli, installation view, Musei delle Lacrime, 2024, Museo Correr, Venice, Italy. Photo credit: Melania Dalle Grave_DSL Studio.

Francesco Vezzoli has always raised questions about gender dynamics and art history with his works; he has also provoked strong reactions at times, but always with the aim of provoking debate and confrontation.
Known for his habit of embroidering his own paintings, Francesco Vezzoli has challenged traditional categories of male and female, subverting artistic conventions.

Now his works, ranging from historical pieces to new creations, are on temporary display from April 17 to Nov. 24, 2024 at the Museo Correr in Venice, offering a rare opportunity to see more than two decades of artistic production up close.

The works of Francesco Vezzoli

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The posthumous works of Toulouse-Lautrec


HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, Il Circo – Fantino. Litografia – Ed. 1905. Parigi (Francia)

There are cases when an artist manages to influence culture even after his death. It happened to Vincent van Gogh, who became famous after his death, but it also happened to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, an emblematic figure of the Belle Époque who left an impressive artistic legacy despite his short career.

Famous for works in which he depicted Parisian nightlife, Toulouse-Lautrec produced more than some 737 paintings, more than 4,748 drawings, a figure close to 270 watercolors, and also produced numerous prints and advertising posters, continually experimenting with new forms and techniques. His passion for graphic art, especially posters and lithographic prints, made a profound mark on the advertising industry, proving that art can be as much a means of communication as a form of personal expression.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s posthumous works

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