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Monday, June 4, 2012
Street art Florence-style
Saturday night, while eating dinner outside at 4 Leoni in Piazza della Passera, I noticed these two manipulated street signs. The second is particularly interesting -- and artistically very clever -- from a theological/art historical standpoint.
To me, this is close to the famous Florentine artist, Giotto's Crucifix in reverse. See the image below for a comparison. Then (!) by an amazingly happy accident, or the artist's clever choice, the "crucifix" rests above a public bathroom sign. This creates what seems to be a deliberate evocation of Adam and Eve. This subtle reference to Christian theology (original sin erased by the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ) strikes me (someone who looks at these kinds of juxtapositions in late antique, medieval and Renaissance art for a living) as nothing short of brilliant!
I love seeing it in the modern, urban environment of a city like Florence that is grounded in all three art historical realities as well as the contemporary present.
Art matters here. Art has meaning, history and, it seems, an audience that knows it's own history.