THE META­MOR­PHO­SIS OF PUL­CINELLA

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An in­ter­view with Lello Es­pos­ito, a cult artist who has changed the aes­thet­ics of the mask

ebru­ary is Car­ni­val time: the mask that best rep­re­sents Naples through­out the world is Pul­cinella ( a well- known char­ac­ter in Ital­ian pup­petry, of­ten called Punch in English). Where in­tro­duces you to this ex­tra­or­di­nary sym­bolic char­ac­ter as seen through the eyes of Lello Es­pos­ito, an artist who, for years, has rein­ter­preted Pul­cinella ( and all the other sym­bols as­so­ci­ated with the city in­clud­ing horns, skulls, Ve­su­vius and San Gen­naro) in his con­tem­po­rary art­works. Thanks to his artis­tic re­search on archetypes and the cul­tural roots of Naples, Lello Es­pos­ito has man­aged to cre­ate an in­no­va­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Neapoli­tan tra­di­tions, es­tab­lish­ing him­self to all in­tents and pur­poses as a ‘ cult artist’. Above all, Lello Es­pos­ito has com­bined his pas­sion for art with his love of his city of birth, by in­tro­duc­ing Naples and its cre­ations to the rest of the world.

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