Since the artist Domenico Fiorentino died early this month, I’ve thought about his influence on the art world. I spoke in the past about his contact with our students in the MICA Sorrento Summer program, which was an important aspect of their Italian experience. The painting forays, discussions about the work, and the social interaction with this local painter left a positive impact on many of the program’s participants. However, we were only a few of the many people Domenico touched in his long and productive life.
There is also Domenico’s link to the greater world of art to consider–his friendships with other artists, with critics, writers, and museum professionals. He led a quiet daily life in beautiful, sleepy Sorrento, Italy, but Fiorentino had a significant impact on many people from around the world. The photographs below show him painting his beloved Sorrento and interacting with two of these international art professionals.
The first photo was taken on November 10, 2007, and shows Domenico Fiorentino with Raffaele De Grada ( 1916-2010), a significant Italian art historian from Milan. Raffaele De Grada died on 1st October 2010.
The second photograph was taken on February 5th, 2010, and shows Fiorentino with the famous British art critic Charles Avery, who admires a painting Domenico made in Paris in the period 1982/1989.
The third photograph shows Domenico Fiorentino painting a view from Sorrento on the 6th of July, 2006.
As time passes, Domenico Fiorentino’s true legacy will be discussed and documented. He led a long and fruitful artistic and personal life and will be sorely missed.