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Luigi Serafini

Forfatter af Codex Seraphinianus

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Værker af Luigi Serafini

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In the Penal Colony [short story] (1919) — Illustrator, nogle udgaver597 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Serafini, Luigi
Andre navne
Cetrulo, P.
Fødselsdato
1949-08-04
Køn
male
Nationalitet
Italy
Fødested
Rome, Italy
Bopæl
Milan, Italy
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The Italian Luigi Serafini (born 1949) wrote a book between 1976 and 1978 that on the first face forms a purely visual parody of the traditional compendia: endless paragraphs in fantasy writing, accompanied by colorful, apparently clarifying drawings in which realistic and conceived elements are mixed in a surreal way. However, closer consideration suggests that there is a system in this fantasy world.
 
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petervanbeveren | May 31, 2024 |
An amazing mysterious codex by a wonderful artist.

I believe context into Luigi's life is useful to decode this masterpiece. Oddly meeting him, you would not be able to see into his thinking, feeling that this a world even he shared with few, but many inside jokes, dreams and nightmares.
 
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yates9 | 29 andre anmeldelser | Feb 28, 2024 |
Though this isn't a book I can say I "read" in the traditional sense, the art is otherworldly and psychedelic and so full of life and color. I have to wonder if Serafini was heavily under the influence when he created some of these pieces, since they range from goofy to strange to almost grotesque despite the bright color schemes, but I'm so glad to have experienced it nonetheless - my favorite was the last chapter where he drew a bunch of different cityscapes that were as alien as they were beautiful, making me wish I could actually visit them. I also wish I had more of a background in cryptography so I could try cracking the code of the language he used; even though he claimed it's an imaginary language, it would still be fun to attempt and the script just looks so systematic and orderly.

In other words - I remember hearing somewhere that his goal with this work was to allow readers to feel the same sort of fascination they did as children when first coming across books. I'd say he definitely achieved that bit, because I found myself drawn into this strange fictional universe in a way I haven't encountered in a very long time. The atmosphere reminds me of the spell book owned by Coriakin in the Narnia chronicles, which goes over a number of incantations with beautiful illustrations and doesn't allow you to go back once you've turned the page. And the text itself makes me think of the unknown language of the Voynich Manuscript, which is next on my reading list. Definitely an unforgettable experience of a book and one I'll revisit whenever I'm looking for creative inspiration.
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Myridia | 29 andre anmeldelser | Jan 19, 2024 |
This is one of those books that you keep out for a curiosity, for people to see on the coffee table and give it a look. The art is lovely, the "language" is interesting as you have zero clue what's being said (the author made up their own language here) but the art is off the charts. I love looking at this when I'm having an artistic slump and need something to jog the juices.
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