Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa

Lamento della Ninfa (the Nymph’s Lament), written anywhere between 1614 and 1638, year of its publication in the Eight Book of Madrigals, is one of the most known and appreciated compositions of Monteverdi.

The text is divided in three parts with the nymph lamenting her fate in the middle and the choir of pastori (shepherds; 2 tenors and 1 bass) on either side. The choir introduces and concludes the sad story of the nymph, and also take part in the lament, commenting (with compassion) the scene that takes place before our eyes. Continue reading “Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa”

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Early paintings

I came across this series of paintings, that I did when I was 12-13 years old, at my parents’ house. I certainly did not have, as a kid, a great intellectual depth. it was raw and mostly unconscious inspiration. Colours were just pouring out of the brush. Nevertheless, I still find myself today tormented by the same questions and reinventing the same concepts. Rewording them from time to time to feel clever or creative: dualism, reconciling different facets of the same reality, the quest for knowledge, the relation between mathematics and arts, silent resignation, the mysterious Blue color, truth in abstract painting, symbolism,  etc. Continue reading “Early paintings”

Le mystère de l’Art

In 1956, Henri-Georges Clouzot sought to capture nothing less than the creative act of Pablo Picasso. The result was the great documentary: Le mystère Picasso. The film records Picasso creating and uncreating numerous scenes, allowing us to see his genius at work. All (or most of) the paintings were subsequently destroyed so that they would only exist on film. Continue reading “Le mystère de l’Art”