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Modigliani - A bohemian life



Modigliani - A bohemian life

Conference / Webinar by Roberta Crisci

100th anniversary of Amedeo Modigliani’s death

modiglianiAmedeo Clemente Modigliani, also known as Modì or Dedo, was born in Livorno on 12 July 1884. Although of poor health from early childhood, he undertook an educational pilgrimage around Italy at a very young age (Tuscany with the Macchiaioli, Venice at the Institute of Fine Arts, southern Italy), moving permanently to Paris in 1906. The French city was at the time the European capital of the artistic avant-garde, and in France Modigliani came into contact with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Maurice Utrillo, Max Jacob, as well as literary personalities such as Giuseppe Ungaretti. In 1909 he attempted sculpture but, although it was his artistic ideal, he soon had to abandon it because of the marble dust that worsened his already precarious physical conditions. He therefore devoted himself only to painting, starting the production of a considerable amount of paintings, from which however he did not obtain any wealth.

A bohemian artist, Modigliani made use of alcohol and drugs, thus compromising his unstable physical health already threatened by tuberculosis, which eventually led him to death at the age of only thirty-five, at the peak of his success, on January 24, 1920.

The webinar held by Roberta Crisci will trace Modigliani's existential and artistic journey from the beginnings in his native Tuscany to the Parisian bohemian years, during which he became one of the most original artists of the École de Paris.

Roberta Crisci is a professor and coordinator at the School of Education and Arts of the r. crisci courtesy sbsFederation University in Melbourne. She holds a Degree in History of Contemporary Art from the "La Sapienza" University in Rome, a doctorate from the University of Melbourne with a thesis on the History of Art of the 19th century and a Diploma in Museum Studies from L'Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She has written a book and several articles on the History of Art of the 19th century (with a preference for Edgar Degas) and has held many conferences on Contemporary Art. She is an assiduous collaborator of the SBS Italian radio station.

To register your presence at the webinar, please use the following LINK

Following registration you will receive a confirmation via e-mail with the information necessary to participate.


Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free