Critical Texts

introduction by Isabella Del Guerra


Birth of a cycle of paintings
 In 2011, the director Lech Majewski, inspired by the 1564 painting “The Procession To Calvary” by the Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder, directed the film “The Mill And The Cross”. The film is based on the book of the same name by the art historian Michael Francis Gibson, considered the leading expert on Brueghel. Palumbo was moved by the strongly pictorial vision of the director who, using backdrops superimposed on live footage, created a masterful deconstruction of Brueghel’s art. This strong impression instilled in Palumbo the desire to study more closely the poetics of the Renaissance painter, and this gave birth to the series of paintings entitled “i MULINI di DIO” (The Mills Of God), a personal philosophical vision of the human parabola, which turns like a wheel, repeating itself over time. Subjects change, times change, but human history always demands the sacrifice of a scapegoat for sins that it deems not its own. All of this seems to originate from an often unresolved faith, in constant conflict with the passions of the heart and the logic of the mind. Ciro Palumbo makes this drama his own, composing his pieces like the Stations of the Cross, where the search for harmony with the Divine inevitably clashes with the weakness of the human soul when confronted with pain and the mystery of death. The artist, though aware of the inescapable cyclical nature of this human drama, points out the path for himself and for us in the hope for possible salvation.
Galleria Gagliardi - 2014: solo exhibition "I MULIN Idi DIO" by Ciro Palumbo, presentaation by Isabella Del Guerra