“They say that Rome is the centre of the world and that Piazza di Spagna is the centre of Rome, so my wife and I would live in the centre of the centre of the world”.
Giorgio de Chirico
Tornabuoni Art Rome opens a retrospective dedicated to Giorgio de Chirico, one of the most emblematic figures in the artistic and cultural debate of the 20th century.
Rome was dear to the Pictor Optimus (Latin for “the best painter”): here he studied ancient ruins, he was fascinated by Raphael’s School of Athens in the Vatican Rooms and he deepened aspects of his metaphysical painting. He moved there permanently in 1944 and from 1948 settled with his wife in the house-studio in Piazza di Spagna – which now hosts the Giorgio and Isa de Chirico Foundation – a strategic position in the artistic heart of the city, with the ateliers on Via Margutta and Via del Babuino, the Caffè Greco on Via Condotti and the Caffè Aragno on Via del Corso.
On display is a selection of more than thirty works – including painting, sculpture, drawing and arras-, from the early 20th century to the 1970s, which gives an almost complete idea of the artist’s production phases.