Map of the World and Lacerba (1914) by Alberto Magnelli

Map of the World and Lacerba - Alberto Magnelli - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleMap of the World and Lacerba
ArtistAlberto Magnelli
Art MovementExpressionism

About Map of the World and Lacerba

The artwork titled “Map of the World and Lacerba” is a creation of Alberto Magnelli from the year 1914. It is situated within the Expressionist movement, a genre that emphasizes the emotional experience over physical reality. Specifically, this piece of art belongs to the still life genre, a category of art which usually depicts inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural or man-made.

In “Map of the World and Lacerba,” the viewer is presented with a composition that features a globe and an open magazine or newspaper, prominently displayed. The globe, resting on a stand, creates a distinct focal point with its colorful depiction of the Earth, suggestive of the connection between art, knowledge, and the broader world. The open publication, bearing the title “LACERBA” along with the large letters “XX SETTEMBRE” and “2 SOLDI,” implies cultural, historical, or political significance, anchoring the artwork within a specific temporal context. The bold lettering and stark, contrasting colors underscore the expressive qualities characteristic of Magnelli’s era, providing insight into his artistic intentions and the intellectual climate of the time. The juxtaposition of the globe and the publication suggests a narrative or symbolic relationship between the items, perhaps exploring concepts of global awareness, communication, and the dissemination of ideas during the early twentieth century.

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