Narcissus and Goldmund
Ivan Cangelosi © 2010
170X113 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of Hermann Hesse – German
Material – Pens and paper
Category -Philosophy/Existentialism

Private collection


About the novel – Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse is a story, written between April 1927 and March 1929, and published in 1930. The story is about the friendship between the two main characters, Narcissus, the pious teaching assistant in a convent school, and Goldmund, a student. Both are in their own way, special people in search of perfection. While Narcissus approaches the idea of a perfect life and of God through a spiritual and religious way, Goldmund approaches the same subjects through art and a free life.

Description of the painting – This work depicts two bicycles placed on the rocks in front of the sea. The two bikes represent two ways of life (two ways of searching truth and happiness) which are those of the two protagonists of the novel, Narcissus and Goldmund. The fact that bicycles are depicted together, side by side, is to represent a sort of final meeting point of two ways of looking at life; in other words, of two opposite philosophies of life but both aimedat acommon goal(the common meeting point)indeed truthand happiness.

Ivan Cangelosi © 2010
95X90 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of Carlo Collodi – Italian
Material – Pens and paper


About the novel – Le Avventure di Pinocchio is a novel written by Carlo Collodi in 1881 and published in 1883. The novel has as its protagonist Pinocchio, humanized puppet with a tendency to hide himself behind easy lies and where his nose grows in relation to every lie he saysIt seems that in Carlo Collodi there was not an intention to creating a story for children: in the first version, in fact, the puppet died hanged because of its many errors. Only in later versions, published as a serial in a newspaper (the newspaper for children directed by Ferdinando Martini, from n. 7 July 1881), the story was prolonged even after the sequence of hanging, drawing to the classic final with the puppet who takes on the features of a boy.

Description of the painting – In this work – Pinocchio with two further characters of the book: the cat and the fox.

Animal Farm
Ivan Cangelosi © 2010
120X100 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of George Orwell – Original language
Material – Pens and paper


About the novel – Animal Farm is a novel by George Orwell, published in 1945. It’s about the revolt of an English animal farm against the domination of its owner, who neglected and exploited them. After initial success with a beginning of prosperity, the pigs are increasingly taking the lead and end up to establish a tyranny which is worse than the one the animals wanted to shoot down. Due to its content, the novel has been interpreted as a parable of the origin of the Soviet Union, and the betrayal of the revolution of October followed by Stalin dictatorship.

Description of the painting – In this painting there are four flowers (poppies, opium), two blacks and two reds, representing the totalitarian ideologies of four Countries: the German Nazism, the Italian fascism, the Soviet Union and the Chinese communism. The intersecting lines represent the energy, the excitement that precedes a revolution. Under this picture, there is another drawing representing some of the animals which are protagonists of Orwell’s novel.