A carte de visite, a particular model of small-size portrait – 6×9 cm – which in the mid nineteenth century established itslef all around the world, absorbed the tradition of the miniature portrait paintings and became a mass image. This one comes from an album acquired in 1979 by the CSAC – after a suggestion by Luigi Ghirri – which contains 185 other portraits of the same type. Inside this album there are portaits of…
On the nine-metre long panel covered in floral fabric, a throng of haughty decorated notables parade from right to left, above a parterre of plastic leaves and flowers. Restless, they walk solemnly gesticulating all the while: six Mafiosi, Golda Meir and then Kissinger and Nixon – on the canvas hung over the work in 1974 could be read – “At the Columbus Day Parade” (made official by none other than the American president in 1971)….
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