Catalogue Raisonné

For over twenty years we have been collecting and cataloguing material to create the Catalogue Raisonné of Giorgio de Chirico’s (1908-1943) oeuvre, the publication of which began in 2019 in collaboration with the publisher Umberto Allemandi of Turin. Our Catalogue Raisonné is something quite different from what has been done so far as the history, critical documentation, changes of ownership, iconography and material and stylistic aspects of each work have been meticulously documented and studied ,and where necessary, subjected to diagnostic analysis.
The authority of all opinions expressed bythe Archive of Metaphysical Art is based on a profound historical knowledge of the public and personal lives of the artists studied and scrupulous analysis of all relative documentation and materials, as well as an exclusively historical-scientific perspective that disregards expedient approximations regarding previous cataloguing or certification, which allows absolute freedom and independence of judgement.
Ours is the first radical scientific approach to cataloguing that aims, with all means available to us today, to reconstruct a secure corpus of works attributable to Giorgio de Chirico from 1908 to 1943, independently of all studies produced to date (which have nevertheless been scrupulously taken into account) and the statements made by the artist himself or his widow as well as previous critics and scholars
The publication of the Catalogue Raisonné stopped in the Autumn of 1943, when de Chirico and his wife left Milan to escape the bombings.
From then on, and above all after his definitive installation in Rome in June 1948, a different story began for de Chirico, one that required more in-depth documentation and the clarification of problems that are still, in part, obscure to us now.

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If you would like to know whether a certain work is or will be included in theCatalogue Raisonné, please send an email to: info@archivioartemetafisica.org

  • Please attach two high-resolution digital photos of the front and back (the back must show the support of the work: frame, canvas, board, cardboard or other, with all its possible inscriptions and/or labels)
  • Detail all technical data and dimensions available, as well as any information you have on previous transfers of ownership
  • If the work is already catalogued as authentic, a free reply will be sent by e-mail
  • If the work is not yet catalogued and requires an ad hoc study, you will be notified and should follow the indications found in Review of works