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The art of Agostino Arrivabene


Lo psiconauta (2006).


Capriccio con ruderi di città ideale (2003).


Vanitas su zolla di viole (2006).

I’ve tagged this as “gay” since the first painting is featured in the controversial Arte E Omosessualita’. Da von Gloeden a Pierre et Gilles at the Palazzo della Ragione, Milan. That exhibition has caused as stir with Catholics who demanded that Paolo Schmidlin’s Miss Kitty, which shows the current Pope in drag, be removed.

Whatever Agostino Arrivabene‘s sexuality he’s no slouch with a paintbrush, and all the sections on his site are worth looking at. The “Paesaggi” section features some architectural caprices, there’s a section of vanitas works and a fair amount of artistic quotation; I spotted references to Piranesi, Boulée and George Minne, among others.

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The fantastic art archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
Vanitas paintings
Giant Skeleton and the Chocolate Jesus



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4 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by cavalaxis


    Mind blowing. His technique, if not his subject matter, reminds of me Jacek Yerka.

  2. #2 posted by Nathalie


    Love that vanitas… And he’s got a wonderful control over light.

  3. #3 posted by John


    Very impressive technique indeed. I haven’t heard of Jacek Yerka, will check that out, thanks.

  4. #4 posted by Julie


    I ran across this blog in my searching for vanitas reference for my own paintings – really grateful for some great art links to look at, and loved Arrivabene’s work – but the figurative/self portraits are so derivative of Odd Nerdrum, that I have a hard time getting past that. I love Nerdrum’s work, but wish more people would go off on their own tangents instead of repainting the same themes and symbolism. Arrivabene’s vanitas work as well as his animals are wonderful – more his “own” than some of the other work. Either way, a lot of talent and ability – thanks for the great blog site :o)






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