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"Mario Donizetti: art and science"
by Vittorino Andreoli 

In 1995 Mario Donizetti exhibited the first of his paintings in the series on "The Seven Deadly Sins", the one showing Envy, at the Museum of the Patriarchate in Aquileia.

Two women, one serene and beautiful, the other spying on her with a hard, frustrated look, full of rancour.

Two things in the painting impressed me: the beauty of the envied woman's face (a profile which, when I met Donizetti, I found to be the portrait of Costanza, his wife) and the tragic stupidity of the envious woman: like so many, she is only looking at what another has, and chases it, only to discover when she gets it, that there is immediately something else to envy.

That summer I was in Friuli for the presentation of one of my books.

The discussions at the meeting touched on the problems of the recent discoveries about how the brain functions and were so greatly appreciated by Donizetti that he felt the need to carry out in-depth scientific research. Soon afterwards, together with my wife, Laura, I met up with the Donizettis in Bergamo, at their remarkable house in the Old Town, and I spent very busy hours satisfying the artist's thirst for knowledge. He had in the meantime read my book "La Norma e la Scelta (Norm and Choice)".

To support his theoretical opposition to non-figurative art, whose foundations he makes go back to the subjectivist philosophy of Immanuel Kant, Donizetti had found news in "La Norma e la Scelta" about the experiment carried out by the great Moruzzi on an animal. One of the eyes of this animal had a lens placed over it right from birth, which rotated its view of reality by 180 degrees. The result was formation of the visual cortex upside-down instead of contra-lateral.

This experiment gave Donizetti the opportunity to perfect his criticism of Kant's subjectivism of "a priori" categories, which he had already developed in his published works ("Why figurative", "Rationality of Faith and of Beauty", "Letter to Parmenides"). He therefore published a new essay "Letter to Plato" in which he put forward what he thinks is a necessary alternative to the basis of Kant's aesthetic judgement.

The book which now encloses the whole series of the "Seven Deadly Sins" can therefore be read as a synthesis of the art and way of thinking of Mario Donizetti, of his view of the world and of the human soul. The brusque dialogues in theatrical form which he has written linking one Sin to another, are a further sounding probe into the intricate contradictions and hopes of every man.