Friday, July 4, 2014

Antonio Corradini

Antonio Corradini (1668-1752) is most famous today for his sculptures of veiled figures, especially this one. This work is variously known as La Pudicizia (Modesty or Chastity) or Veiled Truth. I prefer Veiled Truth, because I don't see much evidence of modesty. This work is in the church of Santa Maria della Pietà dei Sangro, Naples, where is was part of a rebuilding program financed by Raimondo di Sangro (1710-1771), "an alchemist, freemason and intellectual of the Age of Enlightenment."

A remarkable work, and no doubt full of esoteric meanings. But Corradini had a long career -- La Pudicizia was actually the last work he finished -- and made many other things.

Bust of a veiled woman (1717-1725).

Two pictures of Nessus and Deianira, or the Centaur Group, in the royal gardens, Dresden (1718-1723).

Time Unveils the Truth, also in Dresden and made about the same time as the Centaur Group.

Veiled Christ. Not sure what Corradini meant by veiling the truth or the sight of God, but it resonates with me.

Endymion, c. 1725.

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