Pictures from Italy is one of Charles Dickens' earlier works, a fantastic and whimsical foray into the twin worlds of travel and the imagination. Inspired by his words, Italian artist Livia Signorini plays with Dickens' sense of place, memory, and politics. The result is a brilliant contemporary dialogue with his work a reading of history, time, and change that renews our sense of his enduring vision.
An extraordinary work that is as much about travel writing as it is about Dickens’ journey to Italy itself, this handsome volume features 11 full-color gate folds and will appeal to fans of the Victorian novel, travel buffs, and art lovers alike.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (18121870), one of the greatest British novelists of all time was also a journalist, an actor and a curious observer of the streets. In his novels, essays and journalism he brought to life the momentous nineteenth century, captive to commerce and greed, science and progress, conquest and colonialism. Human oddities, frailty, greed, sorrow and sentiment, the poor, meek and the laboring moved him. Acts of time and history, mortality and the compassion that may yet redeem us absorbed his attention and got written into his extraordinary fiction.
Livia Signorini is based in Italy and splits her time between Rome and Milan. She studied art at Temple University and Università la Sapienza of Rome, and has worked as an artist and picture researcher since 1988. Her work has been exhibited in different galleries in both Rome and Berlin, and includes mostly collages or the reinvention of found objects.