The widespread exhibition Il Vittoriale was inaugurated in Erice, where 11 canvases by the Russian painter of Armenian origin Gregorio Sciltian will be exhibited.
The exhibition was born from the idea of the famous writer Giordano Bruno Guerri, a well-known scholar of the twentieth century, in particular of the Fascist period and of the relations between Italians and the Catholic Church, but also for some years superintendent of the Erice Arte foundation.
In the latter capacity he also had the idea of other cultural initiatives, but Guerri is particularly interested in this exhibition, because the title recalls the famous Vittoriale degli Italiani, a residential complex with streets, squares, an open-air theater , gardens and watercourse built between 1921 and 1938 in Gardone Riviera on Lake Garda on commission of the famous scholar Gabriele DŽAnnunzio, much loved by Guerri.
And on Gabriele DŽAnnunzio, in addition to the canvases of the Russian painter, there will be on display the original sketches of the scene made by Giorgio De Chirico for DŽAnnunzioŽs "Daughter of Iorio", a play by DŽAnnunzio.
For those who do not know her, the work tells the story of a certain Aligi, the son of a shepherd, who is about to get married, but, even if the atmosphere is joyful in AligiŽs family, he is not happy, indeed he is very upset. , has constant visions, which do not bring anything good.
Despite this inner struggle, the preparations for the wedding go on, until a prostitute named Mila, the daughter of a magician named Iorio, bursts on the scene, who was running away because she was being chased by some drunk men.
Seeing this of her break into her marriage, Aligi was so upset that he tried to hit her violently, but her crazy gesture was promptly blocked by the vision of the Guardian Angel.
Even this fact made even the drunken men desist from her harassment towards the woman. Eventually Mila and Aligi fell in love and lived together in a mountain cave waiting to get married and live happily ever after.
Unfortunately, the work does not have a happy ending, indeed it is a tragedy, because Mila, accused of witchcraft, is led to the stake and dies, leaving poor Aligi in despair.
Returning to the Erice exhibition, it is located in different exhibition spaces which are the Cordici Museum and the Wigner-S institute. Francesco and can be visited every day until November 4th.
(Texts Giuseppe Puglia)
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