AN INSPIRING MUSE NEVER MET BEFORE
A monographic project of Pietro Antorini
A series of Elisa’s portraits, painted without knowing her, but only met her in the romantic vision of an artist who remained fascinated by a simple photography, from beauty as a mere ecstasy of the eye, inspiring his creativity. According to classical mythology, the muses were identified as Zeus’ daughters as protectors of songs, music, dance and poetry. Young and beautiful, they were invoked mainly by the poets inspiring their works. History, not only of art, is imbued with inspiring muses, real or dreamed, which have made it possible to create literary and artistic masterpieces. The inspiring muse enters the artist’s mind, bringing it to evolve in its entire artistic journey.
Very often they are the life partners of the artists themselves, which have become the primary source of their inspiration, as for Rubens, Renoir, Modigliani, who have painted their wives several times. Just to name a few, Beatrice for Dante, Laura for Petrarca, “Fornarina” for Raffaello, Elizabeth Siddal, wife of Dante Gabriele Rossetti and favorite muse of the pre-Raphaelites. Pietro has deliberately stopped the knowledge of his muse fixing on a mere photography, not having, in his artistic path, the only influence of a pure aesthetic enjoyment. The visual artist Pietro Antorini will see his own masterpieces to take life from his sensibility and emotional involvement.