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The ceremony of presenting the picture "Descent from the Cross" by Renzo Magnanini to the State Hermitage Museum

Italian art critics call Renzo Magnanini, an 80-years old artist and sculptor from Bologna, "Giottolike" thus stressing identity of his creative genius with the art of the Renaissance masters. In spring 2000 Magnanini displayed 52 of his oil paintings, graphic works and sculptures at the exhibition in Saint Petersburg. In the last 50 years it was the first personal exhibition of the wonderful artist, who came to know and love Russian classical literature - Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky -when he was a young man.

Renzo Magnanini was born in Bologna in 1920. After graduating from the Academy of Arts in Venice he was enlisted to the army and sent to the front line in South Africa. In 1941 in South Sudan the Englishmen took him prisoner of war. It was only seven years later that he was able to come back home. During the years in captivity he lived through hard times in a camp, took keenly the wreck of the transportation ship where he had been on service. To Bologna the artist brought pictures and drawings representing camp life of Italians in Africa. Art galleries, however, refused to exhibit his works. The circumstances forced Renzo Magnanini to swear not to exhibit his works ever in the future. His participation in the Russo-Italian exhibition "Pastel" held in 1999-2000 in Yaroslavl became a rare occasion in his life. For a long time the painter lived in poverty earning his living by teaching drawing and painting. In the mid 50-s Vatican launched a competition for a painting in the San-Domenico church in Florence. Magnanini won the competition and immediately attained fame. His works today are displayed next to the works of the great Michelangelo.

 


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