Quo Vadis?

Quo Vadis by Massimiliano Pironti

Quo Vadis?
by Massimiliano Pironti
© Massimiliano Pironti

Massimiliano Pironti (b.1981) is a largely self-taught artist who gained inspiration from the techniques of the Renaissance masters including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Pironti has a career as a theatrical performer in addition to painting portraits to commission. His work was previously selected for inclusion in the BP Portrait Award 2018.

The portrait is of Pironti’s grandmother, Vincenza, who is aged ninety-five. She is shown in the kitchen of the house in which she lives, holding the hot water bottle she almost invariably uses to keep her hands warm. Pironti says: ‘I wanted to capture her image, to freeze time. Every wrinkle tells her story as a woman and at the same time, ties me to my family roots.’

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