I’m proud to be part of this huge collective opening just today at 1AM Gallery in San Francisco. The show, curated by Graffuturism, features A4 format works of monsters of art from around the world. I’m showing three works which are linked to each other by their meaning.
Franciscus Et Seraphim
The piece refers to St. Francis receiving the stigmata from Seraphim (VI refers to seraphim’s six wings). Laudato Sie comes in fact from St. Francis’ Canticle of The Sun.
St Francis is both patron of the city of San Francisco and Italy.
It’s the ancient name of the italian peninsula. The Oak’s leaf originates from a detail of Italy’s current emblem, as symbol of strength.
Immota Manet is the latin for “it stand still” and comes from a Virgil’s text, celebrating the ability of the oak tree to grow roots deep in the ground to stand still.
It’s linked to the first piece as the Italian peninsula is the birthplace of St Francis.
Two hands casting a wolf shadow which refer to Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta who has been the ruler of my hometown Rimini during the 15th Century.
Sigismondo was called “the Wolf of Rimini” due to his skills in war. During his reign he also commissioned to some of the most known artists of that time, such as Piero della Francesca, Leon Battista Alberti, Agostino di Duccio and Matteo De’ Pasti, a new look for the local St. Francis church, later called Tempio Malatestiano.
It’s one of the most recognizable and important renaissance monuments of Italy and it’s been built essentially to celebrate the House of Malatesta rather than God, as Sigismondo was not a religious man. The monument has never been finished though, as he lost several wars and couldn’t get enough funds to complete it.
S and I refer to Sigismondo’s emblem (it looks like the dollar symbol).
MCCCCL is the year stated on a celebrative medal made by Matteo De’ Pasti depicting the Tempio Malatestiano and it’s one of the few existing items depicting a finished version of the building.
It’s linked to the first piece as Sigismondo has later been buried in the church of St. Francis/Tempio Malatestiano, the very same one he wanted to get re-built as a celebration of his House.