St. GERARD MAJELLACeramic Sketch

Text by
Rocco Marino

The sketch for the majolica depicting St. Gerard Majella, conceived by the artist Eros Renzetti, for the facade of the church of San’Anna and the Dead of Deliceto (FG), depicts the saint who, looking ecstatic, face up, ideally he ascends towards the crown of holiness represented by a halo of light radiating light. Pottery was conceived as a work of large, about 2 m high, from realize in a very low relief where the earthy colors and dark apparel rendentorist stand on a blue enamel, gold iridescent illuminated by the rays of light. The work fits well into the groove of the ceramic art that contemporary Italian, heir to an ancient tradition, but considered in the past as a minor genre, thanks to the contribution of technical changes and aesthetic has evolved into an autonomous sculptural language. This came at the hands of artists such as Angelo Biancini that, with its strong adherence to realism of the Italian ceramics tradition, but revisiting it with a thorough psychological investigation of the popular subjects he prefers; Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana and Leoncillo Leonardi active in the twenty years between the end of the forties and the sixties of the twentieth century, which gave a decisive development ceramic introducing languages of the Informal that in those years you were working on. It was the school Leoncillo Leonardi that formed the first generation of contemporary potters as Nino Caruso, Ivo Sassi, Carlo Zauli, Nedda Guidi, Pino Castagna, Carlo Zausi. After 1968, the year of death of Fontana and Leoncillo, the language of the Italian ceramic sculpture opened to new experiments that Adriano Loverone, Antonio Grieco, Giancarlo Sciannella until Guerri Annalisa, Jasmine Pignatelli, Tristano di Robilant, Christian Vignatelli Bruni, Luigi Belli Fabrizio Dusi and the projected size in a rather post-modern that characterizes this day.

Eros Renzetti
Sketch for Levitation of San Gerardo, 2014
tempera and pure gold on paper, 45 x 30 cm
To be realized in polychrome luster ceramics
with gold inserts enamel for the left wall
of St. Anne’s Church and the Dead in Deliceto (FG).

To be realized in polychrome luster ceramics
with gold inserts enamel for the left wall
of St. Anne’s Church and the Dead in Deliceto (FG).

The ceramic article, made of refractory clay and glazed;
h. measuring 88 37⁄6 x 59 1⁄16 inches (225 x 150 cm),
will be divided into various parties, joined into work
on the facade of the church.


The sketch running.