The Nostalgia of the Poet: An Homage to Giorgio de Chirico


April 27, 2019

In conjunction with our METAPHYSICAL MASTERPIECES STUDY DAYS, CIMA is pleased to host a dramatic reading of poems devoted to the Italian modern master Giorgio de Chirico. On this occasion, the Italian poet Gabriele Tinti’s recent poetry project The Nostalgia of the Poet: An Homage to Giorgio de Chirico, will be presented at CIMA through readings by American actor Vincent Piazza.

Capturing the themes and moods of de Chirico’s enigmatic paintings, Tinti’s writings were recently published in “Metaphysical Art – The de Chirico Journals,” (n. 14/16, August 2016) as a complement to the inaugural English edition of Giorgio de Chirico’s Collected Poems (which itself comprises 90 poems and poems in prose translated from the original French by Willard Bohn and the original Italian by Stefania Heim). Tinti’s poems have been translated into English from their original Italian and will be read aloud at CIMA by Piazza. This group of poems as part of Tinti’s The Nostalgia of the Poet series (recently held at LACMA and at the Pinacoteca di Brera), in which he has gathered writings, verses, fragments, and short essays.


For the full program of the conference see here.

A recent recipient of the 2018 Montale Poetry Award, Gabriele Tinti is an Italian poet and writer. In collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Roman Museum, the Capitolini Museums, the Archeological Museum in Naples, the Ara Pacis Museums and the Glyptothek of Munich, he has composed poems devoted to various ancient works of art including the Boxer at Rest, the Discobolus, Arundel Head, the Ludovisi Gaul, the Victorious Youth, the Farnese Hercules, the Hercules by Scopas, the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon, the Barberini Faun and many other masterpieces. His compositions have been performed by actors like Joe Mantegna, Michael Imperioli, Burt Young, Marton Csokas, Alessandro Haber, Robert Davi, Luigi Lo Cascio, Enrico Lo Verso, Vincent Piazza and Franco Nero. In 2016, he published Last words (Skira Rizzoli) a collection of found poetry featuring illustrations by Andres Serrano.

Vincent Piazza is an American film, television and stage actor. He is best known for his portrayal of the gangster Lucky Luciano in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014). His other notable roles include Earl Hefner in the comedy-drama Rocket Science (2007) and the singer Tommy De Vito in Clint Eastwood ‘s film adaptation of Jersey Boys (2014).