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Federico II

When art and history meet in the Diocesan Museum of Altamura

I have always believed in art as a powerful communication tool, which crosses the borders of time and space, and which has the unique ability to connect people through shared emotions, reflections and memories.

I am honored to have had the opportunity to contribute to the rich cultural heritage of the city of Altamura, donating one of my canvases depicting Frederick II, now exhibited in the Coat of Arms Room of the Diocesan Museum (MUDIMA). The story of Frederick II of Swabia and his connection with Altamura have always fascinated me. This emperor, known as "stupor mundi" for his eclectic contribution in various fields such as architecture, law, sciences and arts, represents an icon of cultural growth and development.

The canvas I created on Frederick II combines the authenticity of jute with the brilliance of copper, creating a contrast that symbolizes the alchemy of metals and oriental influence. The young face of Frederick II, represented with strong monochromatic contrasts, expresses a pure beauty, a "noble simplicity and a quiet grandeur", as underlined by Winckelmann's writings.

In an age where art and culture are often overshadowed, I firmly believe that they can serve as bridges to connect people, celebrate our history and illuminate our future. Art is a lighthouse, an engine that drives growth and innovation. And with Altamura nominated as Capital of Culture 2027, it is more important than ever to enhance our history, tradition and culture.

Tradition and history are an integral part of who we are today and, as H. De Lubach said, "tradition is not the past, but the present". I share the invitation to actively participate in the cause of the common good, seeking curiosity and commitment. Through art, we can give meaning to our existence and build a bright future for future generations.

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