An Encounter With the Maestro

In the early Seventies Giorgio di Chirico used to come most days at noon to the Caffe Greco in the Via Condotti in Rome. He was a very old man (born 1888) and he dressed in a dark suit. He looked like a senator and the waiters greeted him as “maestro”. It was a long time since he had painted in the style that made him famous and had been a sort of prelude to Surrealism….

Allan Massie’s award winning 1981 novel The Death of Men boasted a handsome cover illustrated by a Di Chirico painting. In his first piece for NLP, the author recalls how the connection began with a youthful encounter at the Caffe Greco and considers the career of a maligned and  misunderstood maestro.  Continue reading….

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