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Caravaggio and Contemporary Art in London

by Maria Grazia Leonetti-Rodinò di Miglione The aim of the special event taking place on March 15th at the Italian Cultural Institute in London is to re-establish a long lost connection between art and solidarity. It is along the lines traced by an ancient collaboration between the neapolitan charitable Pio Monte della Misericordia of Naples and Caravaggio, the Italian master painter, that the connection is built. The Pio Monte della Misericordia is a charitable institution funded in 1602 with the aim to provide assistance, support and solidarity to the poor. Caravaggio was commissioned an art work, resulting in the stunning, inspiring and touching painting The Seven Acts of Mercy, currently on display in Naples on the Pio Monte della Misericordia’s church altar. 7 Opere PER la Misericordia is a unique project about solidarity and art and involves 33 international artists. Inspired  by Caravaggio’s The Seven Acts of Mercy, artists kindly and generously donated their art works to the Pio Monte della Misericordia: these works are now on display in London. It is the Italian Cultural Institute that …

The Bridge of Aspiration, London, © Bernardo Ricci Armani

Aspiration

Twisting high above Floral Street in Covent Garden, the “Bridge of Aspiration”, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, provides the dancers of the Royal Ballet School with a direct link to the Royal Opera House of London. It’s apparent twisting and turning path reflects the complex ways of hope and ambition, will and discipline, skills and strength, that ballerinas need to achieve themselves. The “Bridge of Aspiration” with its bars leading to an unseen future becomes a metaphor for life. © Melissa Pignatelli 2012 © Photo by Bernardo Ricci-Armani