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That Silent Glow – Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein, The Disasters of War 75 | © Gottfried Helnwein with the Courtesy of Kaiblinger Gallery, Vienna

The eleven important works by Gottfried Helnwein exhibited in the monumental historical room of the Marciana Library alongside works on loan from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, interact with the paintings of the great masters Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, in an estranging reference between the sublime and the horror, which characterizes the works of Gottfried Helnwein. The Viennese painter and photographer, born in 1948, has always dedicated his artistic research to the often silent suffering of children, following war trauma, abuse or violence, contrasting in his hyper-realistic paintings infantile innocence with blood, bandages, weapons and military uniforms and making visible the vulnerability and need for protection of children through allusively brutal images.

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