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Anselm Kiefer
San Loretto

2008

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A painting by Anselm Kiefer. "San Loretto" is a mixed media on canvas painting by German contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer. "San Loretto" is executed primarily in a palette of jet black and ashen gray and speak to symbols the of decay and hope, of the end and the beginning. "San Loretto" (2008) references a story from the Catholic faith, in which the house of the Holy Family was miraculously transported out of Nazareth for protection during the Crusades. The story appeals to Anselm Kiefer's distinctive visual themes of ruin and renewal, depicting the great effort of carrying the structure to Italy while speaking to the destruction of the Crusades. The buildup of fragments and rubble on San Loretto coalesces into an image of a bird, which combined with the title and its layers of meaning, suggests the figure of a dove and even the Holy Spirit. Kiefer has said, “People think of ruins as the end of something, but for me they were the beginning. When you have ruins you can start again." Provenance: Private Collection of the artist Galerie Thaddaeus Rhopacy, Salzburg, Austria Private Collection, New York Exhibition: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, "Maria Walks Amid the Thorn"; 24 July 2008 - 27 August 2008, Salzburg, Austria

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