Multiple bony hands, sharp like the scissors they are clutching in their fingers, draw in the spectator’s eye as it works its way up from the bottom of the painting toward the face at the centre of the composition. Il ricatto di ogni vizio is an artwork that exemplifies Giovanni Gasparro, who combines Renaissance styles with Futurist and Cubist ideas, purifying them from the mere mechanical nature of the study of movement and the decomposition of an image. The multiplicity here takes on a meaning that goes beyond technical work to spirituality and metaphysics, understood as those realties that coexist with the physical, but are profoundly richer and more complex.
Giovanni Gasparro was born in Bari in 1983. He earned his school-leaving certificate at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome in 2007. In 2011 the Archdiocese of L’Aquila commissioned 19 works from him, including cymatium and altarpieces for the Church of San Giuseppe Artigiano (13th century), damaged during the 2009 earthquake, which is the largest pictorial cycle of sacred art created in the recent past.