Giavarini Roberto

Roberto Giavarini (Calcinate, Bergamo, 1973) is one of the most promising young artists for international representation, proposing as a copy from life some vegetal and animal species depicted on Codex Aniciae Julianae, Byzantine manuscript and the major reference model for herbals, both Western and Eastern, whose illustrations are at the origin of pharmacology and botanical painting, according to present aesthetic contemporary criteria, carried out more than twenty or so mixed technique works on “incamottato” panel, using organic elements in the craft made preparations of

colours, as if this mineted code of capital importance had to be compiled and illustrated nowadays.

The result is a surprising summary of inclusive studies, behavioural allegories of extraordinary pictorial quality of the different species depicted, a real feast for the eyes. Roberto Giavarini has been able to catch the semantic value of these pictures, going beyond the original iconography and turning them into works offering a complete sight of every depicted species. His purpose is to give an original answer to the specific and always the actual task of that so called “realist” painting

as to classic or digital photographic image. Each of his works appears to us therefore in close analogical relationship, both with nature and with the iconographic history of the chosen subject.


Each work of his may be therefore interpreted at different semantic levels whose pure realistic likelihood is only the most immediate aspect but also the most superficial. Actually each of them inwardly conceals a full series of secret cross-references, like a kind of intrinsic code readable through different keys, making a full series. Roberto Giavarini has been able to get from the ancient, thanks to his extraordinary ability of observation, a full series of problematic present in the contemporary, organizing them into complex semantic systems outclassing the pure mechanical reproduction and making up within the Codex project able to offer within the real and deep object of his poetics.

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