Crown

Crown

Francesco Clemente
Crown
1988
oil on canvas, triptych
213,5 x 1029 cm
MAXXI Arte Permanent Collection

The title given by the artist to this triptych clarifies the central theme of the work: from the dark ground emerge signs and patterns referencing the crown of thorns, the symbol of the passion of Christ. Crown contains multiple visual sources that make it a work of dense meaning. This piece is of great significance within the artist’s oeuvre as the use of symbols replaces the theme of the human figure and the body, recurrent subjects in Clemente’s works

 

Photo Patrizia Tocci. Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI, Permanent Collection MAXXI Arte