Place made
oil on canvas
50.0 x 40.0 cm
Credit line
James and Diana Ramsay Fund 2022
Accession number
Signature and date
Signed bot. c., black oil “g. de Chirico”; vers, c., ink "“… Giorgio de Chirico". Not dated.
Created by Giorgio de Chirico, Rome, 1951; Private Collection, Alessandria, Italy, 1951-2020; (Farsetti Arte Auctions in Prato, Italy, lot 700, sale 12th December 2020); Private collection, Florence, Italy, 2020-2022.
Media category
Collection area
European paintings
© Estate of Giorgio de Chirico/SIAE. Copyright Agency

    Greek-born, Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico commenced his artistic career studying at the Athens Polytechnic in 1900 and when the artist’s father passed away in 1905 the family moved to Munich where de Chirico began studying at the Academy of Fine Art. De Chirico returned to Milan, Italy in 1909 and began developing a new visual language in his practice utilising a flatter more abstracted pictorial plane. Arriving in Paris in 1911, de Chirico became part of the Parisian avant garde, making connections with the Cubists and later Surrealist artists.

    During this period of dynamic output and experimentation, de Chirico established the notion of Metaphysical Art (Pittura Metafisica) – whereby the artist depicted bold Italian architecture, often void of people but with disquieting and unexpected juxtapositions of objects and forms. These compositions create an imagined world of known objects presented in disjunctive associations beyond the realms of reality.

  • ESSAY: Italian Square

    Painted in 1951, Italian Square is a later work by de Chirico that demonstrates the artist returning to his earlier metaphysical art and revisiting a favoured subject (the artist painted at least three other versions of this work). Depicting the Piazza d’Italia in Turin, which de Chirico first visited in 1910, the work is imbued with an uncanny, otherworldly presence. The raking light casts long shadows from the two figures, the steam locomotive (often considered a reference to de Chirico’s father who was a railway engineer) travels slowly through the middle-ground, dwarfed by the monumental architecture and brooding evening sky. A classical sculpture of Ariadne rests heavily in the foreground, revelling in the viewer’s gaze with her monumentality reinforced by her mountainous shadow filling the foreground.

  • Arte moderna e contemporanea, Anatologia scelta 2022

  • De Chirico De Pisis. La mente altrove

  • Robert Wilson: Moving Portraits

    Art Gallery of South Australia, 9 July 2022 – 3 October 2022