The revival of the female classical nude
7/17/2013

The revival of the female classical nude

Exhibition of work from the past decade from Sandra Rigali with the female form as the central motif.

 

Location and time. The exhibition is open until Saturday July 20th, from 11am to 1 pm, from 5pm to 7pm, from 9 pm to 11 pm. Sala della Memoria, via di Mezzo, Barga.

 

Sandra Rigali’s image of a semi-nude takes us back to a time and place where idealized harmony and beauty found form in the human body.

The perfection of Greek/Roman statuary that we call classicism still calls and Rigali answers, drawing from that heritage, daunting for the artist, yet a source of inspiration and allure for her. Her Aphrodite/Venus currently exhibited opens a corridor to our past, yet creates it’s own reality.

 

Aphrodite is present, her pose and gesture going toward harmony and stillness, as if cognizant of classical sculpture that draws strength from its centre. She sings lyrical beauty. There is grace in her gesture as one arm reaches back to hold the cloth of her garment that falls from her hips while the other rests calmly between her slightly opened thighs, revealing a firm breast. Face and the hair evoke the glories of Greek vase painting.