After painting the frescoes on the 17th-century walls of the “Chiesetta” – literally “little church” – in the small municipality of Coazzolo, in Asti’s Moscato hills, British artist David Tremlett released an interview to Italian daily “Corriere della Sera”, saying “Italy is the homeland of painting. I paint walls but am a sculptor. In Rome, I looked at Michelangelo’s and Raphael’s works in awe. To learn something new, you have to let it surprise you and know how to observe.”
Michelangelo himself wrote in one of his sonnets,
Each astonishing thing, each and all wonder / Of the universe seems to call me to you, / And paints and holds you firmly in my thought, recalling with the verb “paints” the indissoluble bond between observation and artistic creation.
This is not the first of Tremlett’s “wall drawings” in small churches in the Italian countryside: with Sol LeWitt, he had already worked on the Barolo Chapel in the Brunate vineyard in La Morra, in Cuneo’s Langhe (focus of two past articles of ours, suggested below).
And he’s painted the walls of many other buildings around the country: the old Mint on Via Santa Marta in Milan, the Rione Alto station for the Neapolitan Subway system, the prisoners’ chapel in Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna, and many more.
Here is his “astonishing thing” in Coazzolo.