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The Nature of the Universe by Emanuele Dascanio is truly the work of a master.
In Greek mythology, Gaia birthed the universe from nothingness the seas of Chaos; in much the same way as scientists today describe the universe as springing forth from a single point of infinite potential and spiralling outward from there.
Likewise, in this and other drawings, Emanuele Dascanio works from a spiral based upon the Golden Ratio flowing out from a central circle, which is deliberately bounded by the square of the canvas. Across most cultures and from earliest times, the circle has been a sign of natural order and perfection, while the square represents Man and Spirit and the square Order and Reason collide, lies a vortex of creativity, as Emanuele’s genius masterfully demonstrates here.
Emanuele draws upon the great Italian traditions expressed in the Divine Comedy and the burst of exuberance in the arts that followed it. Yet, unbounded by religious traditions, Emanuele conceives the protagonist in this work as being more primal, more harmonious.
She dances surrounded by an evanescent drapery that, in perpetual motion caused by the Wind, produces its own choreography. The spirit dominates the immense space of the work and leads the viewer to Life, to Light, the ‘One’ Creator, capturing everything and everyone in a vortex, a nearly hypnotic Spiral. The majesty of his primitive and creative spiritual force is both ‘One’ and the richness of the ‘Everything’, which envelops and overwhelms, seduces and conquers.