Giorgio de Chirico
Italian (born Greece)
Oil on canvas (1913)
In this deserted Italian city, a lone equestrian statue and the arcade of a building cast deep shadows across an empty piazza. Giorgio de Chirico’s sharp perspective and strong colors evoke the melancholy, mystery, and heat of a late afternoon. In the distance, two rippling flags provide the only hint of motion.
Combining his interest in classical architecture, Renaissance perspective, and the unsettling philosophical writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Otto Weininger, de Chirico painted works that were intended to awaken the unconscious mind and reveal the metaphysical realities experienced in dreams.