OLD XX

XX The Female Gender in Twentieth Century Art

Online Exhibition

 

XX: THE FEMALE GENDER IN XXth CENTURY ITALIAN ART is the latest in a series of meaningful exhibitions by curator Monica Cardarelli, and is the first exhibition to be made available online by Laocoon Gallery following its successful inauguration in Florence and subsequent displays in Rome, Milan and London.

The complete exhibition comprised around one hundred works, with techniques ranging between paintings, drawings, pastels, bronzes, terracotta and ceramics, of Italian artists from the 20th Century who represented as many female figures. Wives or lovers, virgins or prostitutes, holy mothers like the Madonna or man-eating she-devils. Chaste teenagers or mature Magdalenes, but also goddesses, nymphs, legendary personifications of Spring or Italy, imposing and shapely figures wearing crowns of turreted walls.

The title of the exhibition uses “XX” as both chromosomes and Roman numerals in order to represent not only the genes that determine a woman’s sex but also the 20th Century, an era which saw unprecedented change in the role, status, appearance and condition of women.

Exhibition curator, gallery director and strong advocate of women’s rights Monica Cardarelli, who has researched and brought together this astonishing selection of art portraying the female gender in its many representations and transfigurations, says of the exhibition, “In a single image we can find a myriad of stories and destinies that intertwine and overlap, and this is also the case for each of the other images that make up this exhibition. Each contains stories that oscillate between past and present, leading to a series of reflections, to which are added those generated by their being together, by the dialogue that inevitably they entertain while standing side by side.”

 

Achille Funi

Lucrezia Romana, c.1940

Oil on canvas, 60 x50 cm
£30,000.00

 

Achille Funi

Ugo and Parisina, 1934

Pastel on mounted paper, 93 x 72 cm
P.O.A

 

Alberto Martini

Aurelia, the actress Jenny Colon, 1934

Watercolour on paper, 30 x 21.1 cm
£15,000.00

 

Alberto Savinio

Portrait of Marcella Giulini, 1949

Oil on panel, 30.3 x 40.5 cm
P.O.A

 

Alberto Ziveri

Postribolo, 1945

Oil on canvas, 23 x 26 cm
£18,000.00

 

Alberto Ziveri

Female nude with a fan, 1958

Oil on canvas, 170 x 90 cm
P.O.A

 

Andrea Spadini

Amaca Zanardo, 1954

Terracotta, 35 x 12 x 33 cm
£10,000.00

 

Andrea Spadini

Girl with a bird, 1939

Tuff, 46 x 48 x 27 cm
£16,000.00

 

Andrea Spadini

Leda and the swan, 1959

Glazed ceramic, 80 x 52 x 27 cm
P.O.A

 

Antonio Canova

Joachim Murat & Caroline Bonaparte, 1813

Plaster, 66 x 26 x27 – 58.5 x 26 x 27 cm
P.O.A

 

Antonio Mancini

Female figure, c.1915

Charcoal and pastel on paper, 41 x 27 cm
£8,500.00

 

Antonio Scordia

Portrait of Valentina, 1951

Oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm
£28,000.00

 

Armando Spadini

Study for the finding of Moses

Oil on canvas, 70 x 57.5 cm
£26,000.00

 

Dino Buzzati

The Harem, 1958

Pastel on paper, 29.2 x 39.5 cm
£20,000.00

 

Edita Walterowna Broglio

Study for Terrace by the sea, 1949

Pencil on paper, 96 x 123 cm
£25,000.00

 

Enrico Prampolini

Female nude, c.1945

Indian ink on paper, 27 x 21 cm
£6,000.00

 

Enrico Prampolini

Female nude, c.1945

Indian ink on paper, 27 x 21 cm
£6,000.00

 

Enrico Sacchetti

Fashion and women, 1913

Tempera pouchoir, 32.5 x 24 cm
£5,000.00

 

Enrico Sacchetti

Fashion and women

Tempera pouchoir, 32.4 x 24 cm
£5,000.00

 

Enrico Sacchetti

Portrait of Eleonora Duse, c.1910

Tempera pouchoir, 35 x 26 cm
£7,000.00

 

Ferruccio Ferrazzi

Figure of the Merry go round, 1936

Oil on canvas, 50 x 42 cm
£16,000.00

 

Ferruccio Ferrazzi

Naked girl, 1936

Oil on canvas, 74 x 52 cm
£40,000.00

 

Giulio Aristide Sartorio

Reading woman, 1891

Pastel on paper, 85 x 48 cm
£40,000.00

 

Lea Monetti

Laocoon Mother, 2015

Bronze, 79 x 66 x 27.5 cm
£40,000.00

 

Libero Andreotti

Venus Fortune, 1928-31

Bronze, 78 x 25 x 15 cm
P.O.A

 

Lila de Nobili

Sketch for the costume of Maria Callas in La Traviata, 1955

Indian ink and watercolour on grey paper, 24.5 x 18 cm
£10,000.00

 

Margherita Vanarelli

Female figure with a child in a high chair, 1963

Mix media on paper, 27.5 x 21.5 cm
£7,000.00

 

Marisa Mori

Self-portrait, 1930

Oil on panel, 44 x 51 cm
£13,000.00

 

Pietro Gaudenzi

Bread bearers (from Il Grano triptych), 1940

Pastel on mounted paper, 230 x 140 cm
P.O.A

 

Pietro Gaudenzi

Farmers of Anticoli Corrado (from Il Grano triptych), 1940

Pastel on mounted paper, 230 x 140 cm
P.O.A

 

Renato Guttuso

Medusa, 1985

Indian ink and watercolour on paper, 40.5 x 41.5 cm
£16,000.00

 

Roberto Melli

Portrait of Anna Maria Passarella, 1954

Oil on canvas, 150 x 90 cm
£35,000.00

 

Thayaht

Manekinos, 1922

Pencil and tempera on paper, 20 x 13 cm
£8,000.00

 

Ubaldo Oppi

Portrait of his wife Adele Leone, 1923-24

Pencil on paper, 70 x 58 cm
£25,000.00

 

Umberto Brunelleschi

America goddess of war, c.1935

Tempera and pencil on paper, 33 x 25 cm
£7,000.00

 

Umberto Brunelleschi

United States Army Red Cross nurse, c.1935

Tempera and pencil on paper, 35 x 25 cm
£7,000.00