Giuseppe Ciracì’s Mixed-Media Works Investigate The Possibilities of Human Anatomy

by Elizabeth MaskaskyPosted on

Working in the tradition of Italian Renaissance masters, the Milan-based artist Giuseppe Ciracì creates careful renderings of human anatomy, using pencil, oil and acrylic. Many of his pieces have an unfinished feel; often the faces of his human subjects appear half rendered in a detailed chiaroscuro, while the other half is left in white silhouette, as though the artist got distracted halfway through or were merely creating preparatory sketches.

Ciracì juxtaposes and overlays these half completed facial portraits with text, as well as with obsessive, intricate studies of human circulatory, muscular, and skeletal structures and organs. The resulting compositions evoke the anatomy drawings in Da Vinci’s notebooks (or at least pages in the textbook of an artistically inclined medical student). In an era where the use of new technologies pervades contemporary art production, it is refreshing to be reminded of the possibilities still inherent in traditional representations of that age-old subject, the human body.



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