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Painted late in his career, this is a version of the artist’s earlier work of the same title and style from 1924. De Chirico made a number of these self-forgeries as a back-lash against criticism of his later style. It builds on ‘St. Sebastian’ and ‘The Martydom of St. Sebastian’, paintings by Antonello da Messina and Andrea Mantegna respectively. The Christian martyr is depicted transitioning between two worlds, strewn with arrows and tied to an architectural column. De Chirico’s figure is part flesh, part articulated artist’s model, and arrows are represented by angular drawing tools.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 60 x 48 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, Private Collection, 2008
Item NumberIMMA.2847
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Giorgio de Chirico, Il Trovatore, 1955, Oil on canvas, Unframed, 60 x 48 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, Private Collection, 2008

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Giorgio de Chirico 1888–1978

Greek-born Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico studied art in Athens, Florence and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. He moved to Paris in 1911 and to Ferrara, Italy in 1915. De Chirico was one of the originators of Pittura Metafisica, and his best known paintings depict fantastic architectural landscapes, often peopled with faceless mannequins that later inspired the surrealists. He also worked in stage and costume design, and as a writer and illustrator.

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