Archive of Metaphysical Art

President

Paolo Baldacci

Scientific Council

Paolo Baldacci
Flavio Fergonzi
Paola Italia
Fernando Mazzocca
Maria Grazia Messina
Mattia Patti
Jürgen Pech
Federica Rovati
Dieter Schwarz
Antonio Vastano

Catalogue Raisonné Consultants

Flavio Fergonzi
Fernando Mazzocca
Maria Grazia Messina
Federica Rovati
Antonio Vastano

Scientific research and coordination

Emiliana Biondi

Works Review Committee

Paolo Baldacci
Fernando Mazzocca

Contributors

Maria Rita Mastropaolo

Secretary

Emiliana Biondi

Technical consultants

Barbara Ferriani
Mattia Patti

Our aims and rules

The aim of those who work with the Archive is to outline an unprejudiced historical truth, based on carefully interpreted facts and documents, both regarding the artists we deal with, their lives, their thoughts and their works, and the variable meaning of an aesthetic theory – that of metaphysics – which presents different and sometimes even distant or almost opposite nuances in each of them.
Given that in intellectual life, as in the world and nature, everything exists in a state of continual evolution, our endeavour is directed above all towards capturing the variations, climaxes, simplifications and erasure that this theory has undergone during the short or long periods in which it has been at the centre of each artist’s work – including that of the two creators, de Chirico and Savinio.
We follow a twofold rule, which is not to make judgments a priori, i.e. without first examining the facts and documents, and to update or even change our interpretations if new elements arise that require us to modify them. As the great historian of Fascism Renzo De Felice (1929-1996) wrote, ‘historians who make a statement at twenty, twenty-five, or thirty years of age, and make it again at seventy, are almost always mediocre. […] The historian cannot remain attached like an oyster to its shell. If he does that, he has finished being a historian; he is a theologian or a politician.”
Many of our writings, both in the columns on this website and in our “StudiOnLine”, bear witness to our unwavering respect for this rule, which is the basis of the principle of honesty that should govern all scientific research: studies continually progress and it is the historian’s task to keep abreast of new developments by enriching and updating their interpretations when necessary.