[News] Guido Reni, da Strada Nuova a Parigi per Oscar Wilde
“The Guardian”: Guido Reni’s San Sebastiano, which inspired Wilde, will be on show in Paris. Photograph: Musei di Srada [sic] Nuova
Oscar Wilde. L’impertinent absolut. Il sito annuncia: “Le Petit Palais présente la première grande exposition française consacrée au célèbre écrivain Oscar Wilde et rend hommage à ce parfait francophone et ardent francophile.”
Scriveva ieri il Guardian:
A further coup is a loan from the Palazzo Rosso in Genoa, Italy, of Guido Reni’s San Sebastiano, the Roman soldier martyred for his Christian faith and depicted by the Italian master around 1615 as a beautiful young man whose body is pierced by arrows. It was on a visit to Genoa that Wilde saw the painting, writing of “a lovely brown boy, with crisp clustering hair and red lips, bound by his evil enemies to a tree, and, though pierced by arrows, raising his eyes with divine, impassioned gaze towards the Eternal Beauty of the opening heavens”.
Holland said that its significance lies in that “Sebastian” became part of Wilde’s assumed name in exile – Sebastian Melmoth: “He undoubtedly saw himself by then as the martyred Saint. It will be the first time that this picture – many times copied – has been shown in an exhibition on Wilde.”