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Mario Donizetti
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Biography

Mario Donizetti

Mario Donizetti is esteemed to be today the greatest exponent of realism in painting. In a recent CNN-International documentary, Elsa Klensch states that "his timeless quality captured in his paintings made him famous around the world".
Fundamental are his "Crucifixion" in the Museum of the Treasury in St. Peter's Basilica in Vaticano, his frescoes and altarpiece in the historical Monastery of Pontida; his portraits of Lady Diana Spencer (1981), of Indira Ghandi (1984), of John Paul II (1985) and of Deng Xiaoping (1997), all published on cover by "Time" magazine; the portraits of Costanza, his wife and inspirer; the portraits of famous figures in the theatre world (Jean Louis Barrault, Marta Abba, Vittorio Gassman, Giorgio Albertazzi, Valentina Cortese, Edvige Feuillère, Marcel Marceau, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Rudolph Nureiev).
An exhibition of his most important works was held in 1983-84 in the Halls of the Museum of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan. He is preparing an anatomy text-book based on hundreds of anatomic drawings. Through a personal conception of the idea of reality and its representation, Donizetti opposes the theories which assert the informality of art.
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Some Works
Texts and Publications
Donizetti has publisheda book "Why Figurative" (1992) where his aesthetic arguments have an aim which goes beyond the defence of his choice. They offer a necessary alternative to the foundation of the Kantian aesthetic judgment regarded by Donizetti as a doctrinaire error and starting-point for modern artistic informalism. Mario Donizetti maintains - as Jean Louis Ferrier metaphorically wrote in "Le Point" - that "Kant, Hegel, Croce... ont introduit le ver dans le fruit de la réalitè, à savoir le subjectivism..." (...they have introduced the worm into the fruit of reality, that is the subjectivism...). "Why Figurative" is, from one of the great protagonists of contemporary art, a lucid critique on the "Critique of Judgment" by Immanuel Kant.
In 1995 he publish "Razionalità della Fede e della Bellezza", in 1996 "Letter to Parmenide", in 1997 "Letter to Plato" (PDF - 144KB), in 1999 "Argomenti di estetica", in 2000 "Letter to Hegel" (PDF - 187KB), in 2010 "Letter to Phyllis" (PDF - 702KB) and in 2011 The "sacred" of art (PDF - 489KB).
A contributor to daily papers and magazines, Donizetti has also published important writings about the restauration and preservation of old masterpieces. Among his publications can poin out "Monografia edita da Silvana Editoriale e Corponove Editrice (Bergamo - 1996)" and the catalogue "The seven deadly sins" (1999 Corponove Editrice).
We report some artist's publications:
The seven deadly sins
In 1999 at the "Palazzo della Ragione" (Bergamo) Donizetti exhibited his paintings in the series on "The seven deadly sins". In the above section dedicated to "Texts and Publications", you can find also the "Theatrical Dialogue" by Mario Donizetti.
Each of the pictures of the Seven Deadly Sins is painted with encaustic pastel and measures 210x150 cm. The preparatory drawings are done in pencil. If you want see the works "The seven deadly sins" you must select the correct link in the above section "Some Works".
Clicking on next links you'll obtain a page for each sin, containing a painting of the artist and summary from frames of "Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri, where poet treat about selected deadly sin.
Designer
During 2003, in Bergamo, the "Designer" exhibit was arranged at the Arsmedia gallery (piazza Accademia Carrara). In the "Text and Publications" section reported above, you can find several monographs on the subject.
Below, you can instead access the bibliography and the catalogue in PDF format (high definition and in 4 languages: Italian, English, French and German). Finally, it is possible to view the "Designer" works in the "A few works" section at the top of this page.
 
Everyday objects
In the "Text and Publications" section reported above, you can find several monographs on the subject.
A few images are reported in the "A few works" section, a few items are for sale and can be purchased online, directly accessing the relative page, where you'll find all the necessary information.
 
Paintings and Drawings
In the "Text and publication" section, you can find a few monographs on the works "Paintings and Drawings" by the artist.
A few images are reported in the "A few works" section, and we point out that the relative catalogue (edited by Silvana Milesi) is on sale on can be purchased (at a special price if online) by accessing the relative page.
 
Art classes
The artist, for a few years now, makes a few videos available to the interested viewers in which he explains the techniques he adopted.
The classes are available both at high resolution, for the users with a high speed connection, and at resolutions optimized for 56K connections; they are available in two languages (Italian and English), with the possibility of accessing the handouts in several languages, e.g Italian, English, French, German, etc.
We'd also like to point out that several details on the artist are available on the website. Last, we think it's interesting to point out that it is possible to purchase CDs or DVDs featuring classes at very high audio and video resolution. Visit the webpage for more information or for completing your purchases.
 
Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper
LAST SUPPER - Leonardo Da Vinci
Twenty years of opposition to restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper by one of the greatest exponents of contemporary art. Mario Donizetti: why i have disputed and continue to dispute the intervention for cleaning and filling in the gaps in Leonardo's masterpiece, "The Last Supper". Donizetti ask himself: after Today's Restoration of the Leonardo's "cena", the True Leonardo or Leonardo and his Pupils? This question induces Mario Donizetti to edit his thesis also on the art magazine "COSTUME" in 1982.
In dedicated page you can find many of Donizetti'd thesis and some image before and after the restoration.

Mario Donizetti

The art magazione "COSTUME" - Year XIII n. 48-49 July-December 1982
(the cover with a detail of the Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper"
St. Maria delle Grazie Church, Milan)

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