Angeli, un Previati ritrovato
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The aim of this essay is to point out the importance of a recently rediscovered Gaetano Previati’s painting: Angels. It was painted in 1882 and it is the first version of a subject afterwards repeted in 1892, 1895, 1914. It represents the funeral of a girl, but, as the title itself suggests, the protagonists of the painting are the young women dressed in white, who take up the middle and the right side of the canvas. the woman in the middle is probably a portrait and, with her bright presence and smiling face, she separates the carrying of the coffin on the left from the other women on the right, who clearly allude to the certainty of the resurrection. The author will return to this simple but symbolically evocative outline in Maternity (1885), which represents the opposite but complementary event. Only Previati’s deep faith in God allows him to do so, because to Lord only the death means new life, and so the same outline can be employed in representing Christ’s birth, whose death and resurrection destroyed the death itself forever.
keywordsPreviati; angels; Funeral of a Vergin; death; life.
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