The Nostalgia of the Infinite
|Artist||Giorgio de Chirico|
|Year||1912–1913? dated 1911|
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||135.2 cm × 64.8 cm (53 1⁄4 in × 25 1⁄2 in)|
|Location||Museum of Modern Art, New York City|
The subject of the painting is a large tower. The scene is struck by low, angular evening light. In the foreground below the tower are two small shadowy figures resembling those in future works by Salvador Dalí. This painting is the most famous example of the tower theme which appears in several of de Chirico’s works.
Although the painting is dated 1911, this date is generally held in question. It has been speculated by the Museum of Modern Art in New York that it was created from 1912 to 1913 while the Annenberg School for Communication suggests 1913-14. According to art historian Robert Hughes, the painting draws inspiration from one of the spectacular architectural landmarks of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana.
- (Hughes, Robert, (1980) The Shock of the New, New York: McGraw Hill.)
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