The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, October 22, 2017

Berlusconi's Sense of Humor Kicks Back, Paintings by Filippo Panseca on View in Italy
This other painting by Filippo Panseca represents the prime minister’s wife, also with wings, and whose abundant breasts come out to the forefront, over a group of naked women. Photo: EFE.

SAVONA, ITALY.- Italian artist, Filippo Panseca, has started uproar in Italy with two paintings that represent, one Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, beside Minister of Equal Opportunities Mara Carfagna, and another with the leader’s wife, Veronica Lario, with the wings of an angel. The paintings, made from photographs of the three protagonists and painted bodies, are on view in the exhibition Art & Savonnerie, in the city of Savona (northwest Italy).

Some time ago, Berlusconi stated on national television that he would marry Carfagna if he wasn’t already married.

This comment made Berlusconi’s wife, Veronica Lario, fume with anger and demanded a public apology from her husband.

After all of this, Berlusconi had the nerve to appoint Carfagna as Minister of Equal Opportunities in his new government. Now the couple has been united on a wall in a gallery.

The works of art have been reproduced by most Italian and foreign media and have led to many comments while the artist has stated to regional newspaper Il Secolo XIX that his intention was a tribute to the Italian prime minister.

The first painting shows Berlusconi with wings approaching a nude Carfagna sitting on the grass in a romantic atmosphere. It is an image of Berlusconi superposed on the body of an angel with the genital area covered by a piece of cloth, beside another photo of Carfagna’s head, that crowns a body “taken from an artist of the XIX Century”, stated the artist, Filippo Panseca.

The second work of art represents the prime minister’s wife, also with wings, and whose abundant breasts come out to the forefront, over a group of naked women inspired by Neoclassicism. Panseca, who considers the uproar these paintings have caused is “crazy” and has invited Berlusconi to “have a good laugh” and to make an offer to buy the painting.

"If he does it, I will not keep one Euro, and we will send it all to Abruzzo”, where this past April 6 an earthquake killed 295 persons. "Let him put a price, whatever he offers will be fine. It will be the best way to finish this story", the painter said.

Today's News

April 21, 2009

Berlusconi's Sense of Humor Kicks Back, Paintings by Filippo Panseca on View in Italy

First Viewing Together in Twenty Years of Frick's Whistlers in Three Media

"Pictures Generation" of New York Contemporary Artists Featured Metropolitan Museum Exhibition

Rare and Spectacular Master Works Highlight Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale

BP Portrait Award 2009 Shortlist Announced - Record Number of Entries

Patrick Farrell and Damon Winter Win Pulitzer Prizes for their Works of Art

Exhibition Explores Major Movements in Latin American Art

The Treasure of Ulysses Davis Features 40 Carved Busts of All the U.S. Presidents

Artists Announced for ECA's Landmark Stone Carving Exhibition: Milestone

Thousands of Teenagers to Flood Sleaford in New Art Work

Drago Publishing Presents Nick Walker's Book Debut Titled "A Sequence of Events"

Everson Museum of Art Presents Skaneateles Connect Event: Art on the Lake

Artworks by New York City School Students on View at Guggenheim Museum

Can the Public be Trusted to Choose Public Art? The Art Fund's Big Art Debate at the RSA

Flower in the Pocket, Which Follows a Young Malaysian Family, has a Weeklong Run at MoMA

Park Avenue Armory Launches Annual Commissioning Program

Walker Art Center's Raising Creative Kids Initiative Presents Talk with Photographer Todd Deutsch

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- $37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record at Sotheby's Hong Kong

2.- Major new show at Picasso Museum focuses on pivotal year in Picasso's life and work

3.- 63 Dutch Masters return home to Holland for an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam

4.- Exhibition reveals new insights into Renoir's celebrated "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

5.- Nazi-looted Pissarro painting at centre of legal tussle

6.- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art presents 'Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings'

7.- Pristine Hermès Himalayan Gris Cendre Birkin bag sells for $112,500 at Heritage Auctions

8.- Tom Petty, heartland rocker with dark streak, dead at 66

9.- Exhibition presenting the art of Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí opens in London

10.- Private collectors using online appraisal platform to get multiple estimates from top auction houses

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful