Thursday, March 5, 2009

Manara Magnifico!

Presented with hundreds of illustrations and paintings in Milo Manara's striking collection, Memory (Editions Paquet, 2001), it is a thankless task selecting a representative few.

The Italian artist's talents are so amazingly diverse.

Writes filmmaker Vincenzo Cerami in an afterword:

"Milo himself immediately understood that Eros cannot be sensed from a body sculpted in a vacuum. The beauty that triggers desire is the light that courses over a body, and immerses everything around it in twilight or passionate nights.

"Sexuality invades the entire space, clashing with all things harsh, lingering in the background. It conceals itself in bare nakedness.

"Manara often harks back to this past, to these flavors in order ultimately to represent the images of today's woman."


  1. I could spend all day praising Manara. I think what I loved best about him is he creates an entire image. Some artists stop at the girl but Manara knows she needs a street to be on, some people to watch her and a gorgeous wash of colors over everything.

  2. Beautifully expressed, Shon. Manara can extrapolate like no other.

  3. Wow! These are incredible. I think they are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  4. I'm also a big fan of Manara and bought Memory 2 years ago. I like that the most of his paintings are very ambiguous.