The Shadow of the Sacred

Lucifer-Agostino Arrivabene 1997
Lucifero-Agostino Arrivabene 1997

The paintings of contemporary Italian artist Agostino Arrivabene are grounded in the techniques of the Old Masters and inhabit the timeless realm of dreams and mythological, religious archetypes. Against a  backdrop of either luminous darkness or apocalyptic landscape, figures that have haunted the collective unconscious for centuries or longer, Orpheus, Lucifer, Elizabeth Bathory, Persephone, enact sacred ritual dramas. Among  the memento mori lie the possibility of transformation and metamorphosis; an actualisation of becoming.

Arrivabene cites as influences the Symbolist Gustave Moreau, the master of the Northern Renaissance Albrecht Dürer and the Neo-Baroque/Kitsch artist Odd Nerdrum. Also discernible are traces of Max Ernst’s eroding mineral frottage derived inscapes, Giger‘s spectacular visceral transfigurations and Blake‘s sheer burning visionary intensity. In keeping with the Symbolist tendency towards drawing inspiration from literature elements of Ovid, Dante and Giordano Bruno are included within the occult and occasionally infernal worlds of Arrivabene.

Below is a selection of images showcasing Arrivabene’s unique art. For a more comprehensive view  please visit the artist’s website agostinoarrivabene.it. For details on the artist’s fascinating process visit the interview at the excellent Fulgur Press.

Sacrum Facere-Agostino Arrivabene-2016
Sacrum Facere-Agostino Arrivabene-2016
Prefica Mutante-Agostino Arrivabene-2014
Prefica Mutante-Agostino Arrivabene-2014
Rhitmus de die mortis-Agostino Arrivabene-2013
Rhitmus de die mortis-Agostino Arrivabene-2013
Il sogno di Asclepio-Agostino Arrivabene 2015
Il sogno di Asclepio-Agostino Arrivabene 2015
Ematofaga (Elisabeth Bathory)-Agostino Arrivabene 2014
Ematofaga (Elisabeth Bathory)-Agostino Arrivabene 2014
Crux Mystica-Agostino Arrivabene 2017
Crux Mystica-Agostino Arrivabene 2017
Proserpina ornitofobaoilo-Agostino Arrivabene-2011
Proserpina ornitofobaoilo-Agostino Arrivabene-2011
Angelo del Versamento III-Agostino Arrivabene 2016
Angelo del Versamento III-Agostino Arrivabene 2016
The Seven Songs of Orpheus-Agostino Arrivabene-1996
I sette giorni di Orfeo-Agostino Arrivabene-1996
Nozze Infernali 2-Agostino Arrivabene
Nozze Infernali 2-Agostino Arrivabene

 

 

24 thoughts on “The Shadow of the Sacred

  1. These are incredible. Beautifully executed and absolutely visionary. I will surely investigate further. Thank you for sharing this. It’s good to see you and your fantastic finds.

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  2. Beautifully haunting paintings that seem to have no boundaries or laws but create a sense of curiosity. A truly masterful artist. Such a gorgeous display of art work and a lovely narrative Mr. Cake. I did visit the interview at Fulgar Press ( I was very impressed with their published works) and was quite captivated by this exceptional artist’s world. Thank you so much for the amazing post, welcome back!

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    1. Thank you Miss Heart. I have been captivated by Arrivabene’s work for a while now, a real sense of vision and ritual. He is very eloquent about his art as well. Fulgur has some beautiful books. Thank you and it is good to be back.

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  3. These are stunning. I scrolled through to look at the images first before reading and right away noticed the Giger influence. That’s one of my favorite artists and it’s one of my goals to visit his museum some day. The interview was interesting, knowing he works on several pieces at once so he doesn’t get consumed by the intensity of one. And that dream in Iceland…vividly creepy.

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    1. Thank you Feather. Always nice to see you, though I have been very very absent here as I haven’t written a sentence or line or even a word in over three months. Trust you are keeping well.

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      1. Of course I miss you Feather. its just a very strange year and I am having trouble writing. Its one thing to write about the dark side, dystopias and the such like and quite another to be actually living it.

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