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critical text by Antonio Grulli

The young artists from the Attraversarte group choose not to relate to a single work but to the whole Museo Civico. The building seems to be made of pure spaces, almost a locular organism that lives and can be lived within. A performance enlivens each room and the works it contains, leaving at the end a durable trace of its existence, since everything happens under surveillance cameras that tape and forward the images to screens where we can watch the performance taking place.Riccardo Orsoni chooses the Renaissance marble statue of the Cavaspino as his element of comparison. From this statuette, renowned especially for its plastic impact, he draws a pretext to focus on mishap. Instead of the young boy that, while walking, pricks his foot with a thorn, the artist depicts an old man that, while raking, ran up against an antipersonnel mine that left him maimed. The artist points out that new technologies have changed things to such an extent that nowadays it is no longer enough to retreat wisely and cultivate one's garden in order to keep away from the atrocities of contemporary society.The flow of life is the central theme of Elisabetta Ricci's work.. The life of Stradivari, portrayed by Alessandro Rinaldi as a romantic figure, almost an alchemist with a phial in his hands, in a workshop that looks more like a sorcerer's cave. A life he completely dedicated to music and to the chiselling of his perfect instruments, seen as extraordinary embroideries, with which they also have in common the preparatory drawings. And that's what we find, a crocheted violin, made with the same thread the Parcae are spinning, weaving and cutting.



The Pinacoteca Civica “Ala Ponzone” in Cremona

It was founded in 1842 with the Ala Ponzone collection and today it houses more than two thousands works. Its rooms offer an anthology of local painting, from the Middle Ages to the 20 th century, going through the most important artistic periods in Cremona, from Bembo to Campi, from Caravaggio to Piccio.


Attraversarte is a group founded in Cremona and it collaborates with artists such as Marco Nereo Rotelli, Vincenzo Rinaldi and Aldo Spoldi. Among the exhibitions they planned: Opera in corso, Santa Maria della Pietà, Cremona, and the participation in Pace e amore, Porto Venere.

Museum, video-installation, variable size, 2003


Sculptor from Milan, beginning of the 16 th century (Agostino Busti, know as il Bambaia?) Cavaspino,Marble, 51 cm high

The statuette draws on the Spinarius iconography in the version of the Musei Capitolini. It was donated to the Museo di Cremona by Marquis Ala Ponzone in 1842. The Cavaspino 's shapes are moulded through flowing lines of leonardesque inspiration, showing a great ability in the sfumato technique ( reminding of praxitelic ganosis ) characteristic of Agostino Busti, know as il Bambaia , a sculptor from Milan.Recently, Gianni Toninelli has interestingly pointed out that the statue has been kept in Cremona for many centuries, since it was already listed in the 1615 inventory of Anzelerio Barbò's properties. Among the works he owned, in fact, there was also “a putto sitting on a log, taking a thorn off his foot” (Cremona, Archivio di Stato, Carte sciolte, 58).


Riccardo Orsoni was born in Pizzighettone in 1968. He took his diploma in Illustration from the art school of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan in 1995, and in the same year he also started exhibiting his works in galleries and public areas, creating pictures, sculptures, installations and performances.

Step on a mine, chalk and mixed materials, cm 40, 2003


Alessandro Rinaldi, La bottega di Antonio Stradivari, 1886, cm 109x144, oil on canvas

This picture is a work by Alessandro Rinaldi, a painter from Cremona. After his apprenticeship with Gallo Gallina, Alessandro Rinaldi studied in Milan under the direction of Hayez and of Giuseppe Bertini, focusing on romantic poetics, but above all successfully devoting himself to genre and historical subjects.La bottega di Antonio Stradivari (Antonio Stradivari's workshop) is certainly one of his most known paintings, probably because it depicts the renowned lutist from Cremona, though in an imaginary context which basically matches romantic taste. The master appears surrounded by darkness in his workshop bulging with tools and instruments, as if he was an alchemist busy with his mysterious potions.


Elisiana Ricci was born in Fivizzano in 1976. After attending the liceo artistico she graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara. Between 2000 and 2003 she exhibited her works at the Newman College in Birmingham, at the PerForm Arte gallery in La Spezia, in the exhibitions In Fieri, Carrara, and BoxArt, La Spezia.

Weave and warp, mixed materials, room size installation, 2003