Meet Livio Scarpello is a contemporary Italian sculptor whose work harkens back to the incredible craftsmanship of marble sculptors from the 1700's.
His series “Ghost Underground,” which depicts ghostly souls, both peaceful and in anguish, are influenced by the famous veiled sculptures that rest in the Cappella Sansevero, a chapel in the historic center of Naples, Italy. Opposite destinies (the “blessed” and “damned”) are signified through either a light quartz or dark amethyst rock placed near the heart of the sculpture. The crystals also serve an interesting contrast between the softly veiled faces, reminding us that, indeed, both are stone-hard.
These sculptures are the perfect intersection of haunting and beautiful. Plus I have a major affinity to gemstones....sigh.
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