- Oil on canvas
- 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. (39.7 x 29.8 cm.)
- Year: 2018
- Extra Info:
Signed on the recto
Location: Romeo, MI
Seller: Salvatore Alessi and RJD Gallery, Romeo, MI.
Italian artist Salvatore Alessi was 6 or 7 years old when he began painting. His first works of art, even as a child, were of Renaissance Masters and Byzantine altarpieces, which the young artist found mesmerizing. Decades later, the artist continues to draw inspiration from the mood and gravitas of the genre, stating, "Man becomes divine and sacred, but also terribly poised. I would say that this ambivalence is the characteristic of my painting." In 'Flesh Thrown II', painted in chiaroscuro and Old Master tones, a presumably contemporary figure seems to either dissolve or come into being, captured at the exact intersection of the two opposing forces. Accentuating the duality, the artist says, "I love to overturn and perhaps desecrate only to bring out the sacred that we have forgotten or that have led us to forget."