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Francesco Clemente "India IV” (2019) Oil on canvas 96 inches x 92 inches

Francesco Clemente

India I, 2019

Oil on canvas

96 x 92 inches (243.8 x 233.7 cm)

© Francesco Clemente; Photo by John Berens; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Flowers resembling marigolds form the ancient diamond shaped outline of a map of India, which marries with a background of dozens of skulls gazing at the map, all awash in soft pink.

Marigolds, or Calendula officinalis, are prevalent throughout India, where they are used to craft garlands that are offered to Hindu gods and goddesses. Skulls are prominent in Hindu and Buddhist artwork depicting deities, their relevance in eastern symbology dating back to the dawn of the Hindu civilization more than 5,000 years ago.

Profoundly inspired by the culture and traditions of India since his first visit to the South Asian country 48 years ago, Italian-born, New York-based artist Francesco Clemente’s newest paintings and frescoes lead the viewer on an enchanting voyage.

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