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Amedeo Modigliani. Perché nei suoi ritratti spesso mancano le pupille?

Amedeo Modigliani. Why are pupils often missing in your portraits?

In the portraits Amedeo Modigliani uses a very particular style: the neck is very elongated and the eyes are often drawn without the pupil.

There are several interpretations and also an answer by Amedeo Modigliani himself to whom they asked this question.

The eyes as a "mirror of the soul" and gaze of the subject. When it is drawn without a pupil, it would mean that in an introspective way it would turn its gaze towards itself.

We observe, however, that in the statues of the time the sculptor rarely realizes the pupils: the eyes are simplified exactly like those painted by Amedeo Modigliani.

Maybe not everyone knows that Amedeo Modigliani
he would have liked to be a sculptor, but his physical condition prevented him from doing so and he turned back to painting.

Translating the physicality of a sculpture on canvas. This could simply be one of the reasons why Amedeo Modigliani's portraits do not have pupils.

Andrea G. Fadini

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