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Title

L'Elefante di Giotto

1986

Artist

Enzo Cucchi

Italy

14 Nov 1949 -

  • Details

    Other Title
    Giotto's elephant
    Date
    1986
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour etching, aquatint and silkscreen
    Edition
    33/45 [edition of 45 + 10 Roman numerals]
    Dimensions
    138.0 x 255.0 cm sheet; 140.5 x 257.5 x 3.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Enzo Cucchi". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1989
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    40.1989
    Copyright
    © Enzo Cucchi

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    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.