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Title: Afro Basaldella per l’E 42 a Roma: storia di un’occasione mancata
Authors: Gransinigh, Vania
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Vania Gransinigh, "Afro Basaldella per l’E 42 a Roma: storia di un’occasione mancata" in: "AFAT 31", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2012, pp. 229-240
Series/Report no.: AFAT
In 1939 Afro Basaldella was commissioned to paint one of the decorations for the hall of the Palazzo dei Congressi
in the so-called “E42” architectural complex in Rome. The sketches presented by the painter - depicting
the Civilization of Rome - did not satisfy Cipriano Efisio Oppo who decided, instead, to entrust Basaldella
with the execution of a huge mosaic - depicting the Human and Social Activities - for the back hall of the
Palazzo dei Congressi.
The work was never completed and it was known only thanks to some pictures and models which were presented
by the artist to architect Adalberto Libera (they are currently stored in the Central State Archive and in
the Ente Eur Archives, both in Rome). Only the recent discovery of a sketch and other vintage photos in private
collections has allowed us to fully appreciate the creative phases of this important decorative project and how
it was subject to a painful process of stylistic normalization from its very beginning until the completion of the
latest models in 1941.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1827-269X
eISSN: 2499-6750
Appears in Collections:AFAT 31

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