The Levi Cycle

‘Ricordando’, now in the collection of the Museo di Chimica, Universita’ La Sapienza, Rome

Renzo Galeotti’s cycle of paintings on the Italian writer and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi have been extensively exhibited. A series of his etchings are part of the collection of the Auschwitz Museum and pictures from the Levi cycle are amongst the 11 works by Galeotti in the collection of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Carrara.

“What seems to me crucial is how [Renzo Galeotti’s] paintings now more clearly than ever define a noble tradition of pre-Renaissance European art, in the depiction of holy martyrs. For Galeotti, chosen ones belonging to our time are not eternal exaltations of religion or the battlefield, but models of humanity. .. Renzo’s art reflects the few who keep you safe in the vast world of harm.”

Feliks Topolski, 1989

“Renzo Galeotti’s paintings are a catalyst of historical memory offered to a world that does not want to remember… This hermetic painter emanates ethical reflection, civil courage, tolerance and a loyalty to reason and the spirit of reason and seems to say: art is art only if it manages to intervene in life, contributing to and recreating it.”

— Giorgio Origlia

“First exhibited in 1990 at the Jagiellonian University Museum, a year later at the Auschwitz Museum and later in the UniArt Gallery in Lodz, Galeotti’s paintings [of Primo Levi] continue to arouse great interest amongst their various viewers. His paintings are interesting not just because of the form, but the message that they bring. … Galeotti’s expressive images demonstrate, in a way only this artist can, the image of reality.”

– Prof. Dr Stanislaw Waltos, Director, Jagiellonian University Museum, Krakow

Levi study , 76x106cm, pastel & pencil on card. Collection of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Carrara

Levi study. Oil & ink on card, 76x106cm. Collection of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Carrara

Levi study. Oil & ink on card, 76x106cm. Collection of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Carrara

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