Curated by: Jean-Loup Champion, Maria Tamajo Contarini e Carmine Romano.
Vincenzo Gemito (1852-1929) is one of the relevant examples of this axiom, he is marked both as an artist and as a man.
Gemito cannot be understood without Naples, outside an ancient destiny, designated by the mists of time.
Gemito is deposited in the wheel of the Annunciation on 17 July 1852, when he has only one day of life: his arrival as an orphan in the world will mark his entire existence and his artistic production.
From the age of seventeen, modeling his Card Player - appreciated by King Vittorio Emanuele II and purchased for the royal collections - Gemito was inspired by the world around him, by street urchins like him, modeling works in his image and likeness.
The revolution of realism that brought to Paris in 1877 with his Pescatorello, put an end to that part of western art that still goes back to the ancient, adding picturesque Neapolitan fishermen still tied to an aesthetic by travelers of the Grand Tour.
Il Pescatorello di Gemito shows the street boy for what he really is: greedy, rapacious and looking for food.