The Italian Constitution
(Tribute to the Pesident of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano)
© Ivan Cangelosi, 2014
75X40 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole constitutional text
Material – Pens and paper


About the text of the Constitution – “If you want to go on pilgrimage to the birthplace of our Constitution, go to the mountains where our partisans fell, go to the prisons where they were imprisoned, go and visit the camps where they were hanged. Wherever an Italian died to redeem our freedom and dignity, go there, my boys; go there with the thought, because there was born our Constitution. “

(Piero Calamandrei -Professor of Law and former Italian politician- Address to young people held at the Società Umanitaria, Milan, January 26, 1955)

Description of the painting: Portrait of the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano.

(artist’s note – It’s my opinion that President Napolitano has represented during the last, difficult decade of the Italian Republic, a firm moral reference point and an unyielding defender of the principles of the Italian Constitution.The artwork was presented and officially handed over to the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano during a ceremony held at the Quirinale (Headquarter of the Presidency of the Italian Republic) in November 2014.

Acquainted with grief
© Ivan Cangelosi,  2014
150X125 cm
Ink and paint on canvas
Technique – Handwriting on painted subject of the whole novel of Carlo Emilio Gadda– Italian
Material – Pens, acryl and canvas
Category– Existentialism

About the novel –  “Acquainted with grief” is a novel by the Italian writer Carlo Emilio Gadda, composed between 1938 and 1941. Because of the 2ndworld war, the novel remains unfinished and will be published only in 1963.

The novel is largely autobiographical. Gadda tells, transfiguring it, the difficult relationship with his parents. In the book, in fact, the figure of the father and that of the mother are often flouted. Gadda adds to that a sharp and biting satire of the Italian society under fascism.

Description of the picture – The author of the novel, Carlo Emilio Gadda.

The Master and Margarita
© Ivan Cangelosi, 2014
143X130 cm
Paint and Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting on painted subject of the whole novel of Mikhail Bulgakov – Italian
Material – Pens, Acrylic and paper
Category – Satire/Allegory

About the novel – “The Master and Margarita” (Russian Мастер и Маргарита) is a novel by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, published for the first time in 1967.

The plot focuses on the political persecution suffered by a writer (called Master) by the Soviet authorities in the thirties, about his love towards Margarita Nikolaevna. The novel also tells a parallel story regarding the process to the Messiah and Pontius Pilate.

The novel is about the good and the evil, innocence and guilt, rational and irrational, illusion and truth, examining issues such as the responsibility towards truth when authority would deny it, and the freedom of the spirit in an unfree world. Particularly fierce is also a satire against the literary elite of that time, immortalized in the members of the association called “Massolit”, a group of mediocre poets, false intellectual and hypocrites.

Description of the painting – The subjects depicted in this painting are evocative of some of the characters of the novel. One may recognize, for instance, the cat (Behemoth), Margarita (the naked woman flying on a broom) and Woland (man with beard and top hat).