Guttuso: 1912-2012

Paintings spanning over two world wars, Nazi occupation, Fascism, and post-war reconstruction

Born in Sicily in 1912, Renato Guttuso showed a talent for art as a young boy, allowing him to travel and study all over Italy. He moved to Rome in 1937, setting up a studio on the famous Via Margutta. His works vary from paintings, to sketches, to theater backdrops and costumes, but they all have one thing in common: the extraordinary ability to capture current events and the human condition, whether good or bad. The exhibit, showing more than 100 of Guttuso’s pieces, cover historical events as well as works depicting his expert artistic skills. He is most famous for his painting, ‘Crucifixion’ (1941), in which he depicts the horrors of war under the guise of religious figures like Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Apart from being a strikingly raw representation of war, it also caused Guttuso condemnation from the Vatican. Nonetheless, he never hid his sentiments. On the contrary, he frequently expressed anti-Nazi and anti-Fascist ideals, all which gave his work elements of freedom, reality, and truth. His work never ceased to be contemplative and real, even up until his death in 1987.

The exhibit contains all of Guttuso’s most famous works; from his studies and sketches, to enormous, wall-covering paintings. Take a moment to contemplate Guttuso’s works while looking down over the Rome of today from the Vittoriano’s stunning roof top.

Till 10 February 2013


Via San Pietro in Carcere

Metro stop Colosseo

Mon-Thurs 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sat 9.30am-11.30pm, Sun 9.30am-8.30pm

Entry fee €9-12.50

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