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An image of L'Elefante di Giotto by Enzo Cucchi

Enzo Cucchi

(Italy 14 Nov 1949 – )

Title
L'Elefante di Giotto
Other titles:
Giotto's elephant
Year
1986
Media category
Print
Materials used
aquatint, drypoint
Edition
33/45 [Ed 45 + 10 copies numbered in Roman numerals)
Dimensions

138.0 x 255.0 cm image/sheet; 140.5 x 257.5 x 3.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Enzo Cucchi". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1989
Accession number
40.1989
Copyright
© Enzo Cucchi
Location
Not on display
Further information

This dark, brooding mysterious print encapsulates Cucchi's dictum that a picture must abound in elementary powers suggesting, as it does, some primal forces at work in the darkness, an irradiating light that shines forth from the blackness to focus on or create the image of the elephant in the title of the work, an allusion to the legends and ancient culture of the artist's Italian heritage. The dark egg shape, an image recurring frequently in Cucchi's work, hovers in the blackness, radiating light as if to suggest some elemental life-force. 'L'Elefante di Giotto' whose overpowering size is not only a technical tour de force, is redolent with a kind of primordial simplicity, haunting in its power and beauty.