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Giacomo Porzano (1925-2006)

Stairway (1965)

$90-$125

Price Realized: $113
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Lithograph
27″ x 19.5″

This item was donated by Darlene Orlov.

This item ships from NY 11201

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About The Work

Giacomo Porzano’s Stairway is a lithograph of an iconic Italian scene. The nature of the artistic style and sepia paper allude to other Old Master Italian artists, as does the scene. The scene is one of a regular afternoon in an Italian city. Common people are captured in a moment on the escalating steps, which remind the viewer of a Roman amphitheatre. The figures may not have memorable facial details, or even have facial details at all. However, each figure is depicted with such significance in relation to the shared experience of sitting on the steps, so that individual details are irrelevant. The composition is of the stairway and all that it is home to.

~ Lucy Siegel, Student at Bowdoin College, Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Government and Legal Studies, Center for Art Law Summer 2020 Intern.

Giacomo Porzano

, 1925-2006

Giacomo Porzano was born in Lerici, Italy in 1925. He studied and lived in Genoa before attending the Academy of Carrara, then attending the Faculty of Architecture in Florence. Porzano moved his artistic practice to Rome in 1959, and he took part in the Rome Quadrennial in 1965 and at the Venice Biennale in 1968. Among Porzano’s favorite themes, in addition to Italian landscapes, were portraits of friends, scenes of mundane life, and ordinary characters. Porzano died in Italy in 2006.
Both the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art in New York have copies of his work.

Giacomo Porzano

1925-2006

Giacomo Porzano was born in Lerici, Italy in 1925. He studied and lived in Genoa before attending the Academy of Carrara, then attending the Faculty of Architecture in Florence. Porzano moved his artistic practice to Rome in 1959, and he took part in the Rome Quadrennial in 1965 and at the Venice Biennale in 1968. Among Porzano’s favorite themes, in addition to Italian landscapes, were portraits of friends, scenes of mundane life, and ordinary characters. Porzano died in Italy in 2006.
Both the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art in New York have copies of his work.

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