The soft lines and the iridescent colours of the Piceno territory have been interpreted and redesigned by those who have spent their lives immersed in this landscape. The journey along the routes outlined by artists becomes a metaphor of the transformation of the sea into hills, of the scorching ochre-coloured countryside into the velvety blue sky. Let your eyes caress the sinuous sides of Osvaldo Licini’s land or the rough chromatisms by Tullio Pericoli, and be surprised by the looks painted by Carlo Crivelli. Through the brushstrokes that have reshaped nature, you can rediscover, beyond colours and emotions, all the authenticity of the Piceno territory.
Carlo Crivelli is the creator of such a unique painting able to convey emotions, thanks to the expressiveness of its religious characters and the details that enhance everyday life and the fruits of the earth: colours and details make the most insignificant object immortal. Born in Venice in the first half of the fifteenth century, Crivelli was trained at Squarcione’s Paduan school, but around 1465 he moved to the Marches: he began his affirmation as an artist here and he remained until his death in 1495. The tour dedicated to Crivelli’s works starts from the small village of Massa Fermana, where the church of SS. Lorenzo, Silvestro and Ruffillo houses a polyptych by Crivelli dated 1468; it passes by the medieval village of Montefiore dell’Aso, whose Polo Museale di S. Francesco preserves the triptych which was originally located in the Church of Santa Lucia, and ends in the city of Ascoli Piceno. Here, the Art Gallery houses two triptychs of Valle Castellana (Madonna and Child between S. Pietro Martire and S. Giacomo della Marca and Madonna and Child and S. Lucia between S. Antonio Abate and S. Sebastiano), while in the Diocesan Museum you can admire the Madonna of Poggio di Bretta. Moreover, the Cathedral of Ascoli houses the absolute masterpiece by Crivelli: the polyptych of Sant’Emidio, with its ten panels, which represents a complete overview of the artist and his style. Among the several works by Crivelli, this is one among the few that have remained unchanged in the original location, that’s the reason why it is even more precious.
Osvaldo Licini is the “rebel angel” (from the title of one of his most famous works) of the Piceno: this abstract painter boasts a unique style which differs from all Italian contemporaries. His strongly emotional painting is at the edge of poetry. He is an artist able to free himself from the constraints of geometric rationalism, using lines and colours as an expressive instrument of powerful intensity. His works, more than understood, are somehow “experienced”, for what their pictorial power is able to convey. Licini, born in Monte Vidon Corrado in 1894 and died there in 1958, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and then moved to Paris. He later came back to his home town, where he remained until his death, in the meanwhile he travelled to Sweden, Paris and other European cities. He is entitled the Contemporary Art Gallery of Ascoli Piceno, where most of his works are still kept.
Tullio Pericoli is the artist who has been able to give greater plasticity to the representation of the Piceno territory: pure colours are often applied with a spatula, enriched with a deep evocative force and turned into volume, movement, memory. This is why even by looking at the works by this artist for the first time you can find something familiar: his creations are the vivid and current representation of the Piceno territory, yet they are linked to those places that are kept in everyone’s childhood memories, filled with the same unspoiled beauty and the same melancholy. Italian painter and illustrator Pericoli was born in Colli del Tronto in 1936. He is one of the greatest Italian illustrators in printed media. His illustrations appear, among others, on Linus, Il Corriere della Sera and l’Espresso. Fifty preparatory drawings made by the artist in 1988 to decorate Sala Garzanti in Milan are exhibited at “Osvaldo Licini” Contemporary Art Gallery in Ascoli Piceno, on concession by Carisap Foundation.