The Picture of Dorian Gray
© Ivan Cangelosi, 2009
130X75 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of Oscar Wilde – English
Material – Pens and paper

About the novel – The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel by the Irish writer Oscar Wilde, published for the first time in 1890. The main character of the book is the rich and beautiful Dorian Gray who, fascinated by the figure of Lord Henry Wotton, ends up embody his maverick nature and the immorality. 

Dorian Gray is given a picture that shows him at the height of his youth, so as to arouse in him, as time goes on, a sort of envy towards his own beautiful and young image portrayed in the painting. This led him to conclude a sort of pact with the devil that will guarantee him eternal youth and beauty, while it will be its image in the picture that will show signs of physical and moral decay. 

Every time that Dorian Gray commits some vicious and immoral act, the portrait deforms and becomes uglier and uglier, as if it would reflect his dirty consciousness; until one day he decides to get rid of it by tearing it with the same knife by which he had previously killed his friend, the painter Hallward, author of the portrait.

As a result of this act, his servants will find Dorian Gray dead with a knife stuck in his heart, unrecognizable and suddenly aged, at the foot of his portrait which has returned by magic young and beautiful as it was in the beginning.

Description of the painting – Selfportrait


Il Gattopardo
© Ivan Cangelosi, 2009
150X80 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa – Italian
Material – Pens and paper

About the novel – Il Gattopardo is a novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, published posthumously in 1958.

The author was inspired by the events of his old family and especially by the life of his great-grandfather, Prince Giulio Fabrizio Tomasi di Lampedusa, who lived in the crucial years of the Renaissance. Because of the topic, the book is often considered as a historical novel, though it does not meet all standards.

The narrative process within the work is both historical and current. Speaking of past events, Tomasi di Lampedusa talks about events of the present time, namely a Sicilian attitude mentioned as gattopardesco.which is a mixture of resignation and cynical attitude towards the reality. The author explains that the changes occurred in the island several times in the course of history, have just adapted the Sicilians to other “invaders”, without changing in anyway the essence and character of the Sicilians themselves.

Description of the painting – In this work – The portrait of the Prince of Salina in the famous film of “Il gattopardo” directed by Luchino Visconti, role played by Burt Lancaster (1963).



Ivan Cangelosi © 2009
140X100 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of George Orwell – English
Material – Pens and paper

About the novel – 1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell, published in June 1949, in which the author describes a totalitarian State (a State of surveillance and prevention) in 1984. In certain left-wing oriented circles, “1984” never had a good reputation. Immediately upon its publication in 1949, it met the formal excommunication of the world communist movement. Clearly it was recognized in the mustachioed face of the Big Brother, Comrade Stalin and, in the Ministry of Love, the security authorities of the Soviet Union.

Description of the painting – This picture is a portrait of the young Stalin. The red background represents the blood that has flowed during his dictatorship.