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Omar Khayyam Painting

Domenico Antonio Frassineti

Italy

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 39.4 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 D in

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Omar Khayyam was born in 1048 in Nishapur, in northern Persia, studied in Samarkand and moved to Bukhara. Philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, was also the poet of wine, of the day to be seized: "Now that there is wine, and flowers, and happy friends / be happy now…”. As the Greek poets, that he probably knew, he loves the theme of the transience of life: "Every day the streets are filled with roses / but where are the beautiful roses of yesterday? / If you want to protect yourself from the sun / do not take cover under the shade of roses!”. Khayyam blames the senselessness of the creation, because God "Breathed life into us, at his will / and then threw us in a aimlessly journey”. His skepticism leaves no escape routes: "Be happy, because the pain will have no border / In the sky you'll see the conjunctions of the planets / and the bricks made with your body / will serve palaces of others”. Omar Khayyam died at Nishapur in 1131. To him were dedicated a lunar crater, an asteroid and a variety of roses. In this artwork some elements are executed in collage: fragments of paper, cut out and decorated by me, are embedded in acrylic medium.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:39.4 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 D in

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Domenico was the name of my paternal grandfather, Antonio that of my maternal grandfather. When I was born, in order not to do injustice, my parents gave me both. I was born in Castel San Pietro, a small town in the North of Italy. When I was 11, I convinced my parents to gift me not the usual pastels, but a box of oil colors. I studied in Rome, at La Sapienza University, where I graduated in History of Modern Art. In the practice of painting and drawing I am self-taught. During university I started working as a scenographer in some movies: “Finchè dura la tempesta”, by Bruno Vailati, when I created the interior of a submarine in a pose theater and “Italiani brava gente” by Beppe de Santis, drawing tanks and cannons of the II world war. Then I participated in a series of television documentaries, making huge realistic three-dimensionals geographic models, with mountains, rivers and marine depths. In 1968 I began to work as an illustrator in the monthly magazine "L' Automobile", for which I also wrote some articles and made photo shoots. So photography also became a job for me. In 1971 I entered the Team photo agency, collaborating with Italian and foreign newspapers. During this period I also worked as a teacher in graphics and photography courses aimed at cultural operators. My first participation in a painting exhibition was in 1975, with some drawings in a collective entitled "The sign of man". In 1976 I founded, with some colleagues, the A.G.F. which is still one of the best Italian photo agencies. Since then, painting and photography have always intertwined in my life. Having made reportages from many countries in Middle East, Asia, Africa, America and Europe, I felt that painting means traveling in space and time: distant lands, under a sky that evokes day and night toghether. Cities with towers, spiers and domes with bright colors, above which opens a cosmos crossed by stars, planets, galaxies. Traveling means also meeting characters I love and who are in everyone's memory, writers, poets, leaders, artists, movie stars, such as Charles Baudelaire, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Joan of Arc, Wassily Kandinskij, Marlene Dietrich, Buster Keaton, Amedeo Modigliani, Sitting Bull, Edgard Allan Poe. Then there are also imaginary characters, women and men. An imaginary ship, the Queen Lucretia, sails the oceans, engaged in various trades, not always legal.

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