The Great Metaphysician!




This passage of the collection of Jungian essays, Man and his Symbols, page 257—:

“In Chirico’s work, man is deprived of his soul; he becomes a manichino, a puppet without a face (and therefore without consciousness). In the various versions of his Great Metaphysician, a faceless figure is enthroned on a pedestal made of rubbish. The figure is a consciously or unconsciously ironical representation of the man who strives to discover the “truth” about metaphysics, and at the same time a symbol of ultimate loneliness and senselessness.”

—brings to my mind the “great metaphysicians” of Western philosophical tradition (see the previous two entries of this blog).

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I piaceri del poeta

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
I piaceri del poeta
~ 1911
Basel, private collection

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L’enigma di una giornata

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
L’enigma di una giornata (II)
~ 1914
Museo d’arte contemporanea dell’Università di San Paolo

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La torre rossa

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
La torre rossa
~ 1913
Guggenheim Museum

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Le Muse Inquietanti

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
Le Muse Inquietanti
~ 1916
University of Iowa Museum of Art

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L’angoscia della partenza

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
L’angoscia della partenza
~ 1913
Museo di Arte Moderna

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Melanconia


Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
Melanconia

~ 1912
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

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Canto d’amore

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
Canto d’amore
~ 1914
Museum of Modern Art

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La nostalgia dell’infinito

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
La nostalgia dell’infinito
~ 1912
Museum of Modern Art

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La stazione di Montparnasse

Painting of the day:

Giorgio de Chirico
La stazione di Montparnasse
~ 1914
Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris

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