The iconic paintings of Italian artist Alfonso Rocchi are equally subtle and complex. Executed in the High Renaissance style, Rocchi’s portraits on the surface seem to capture timeless principles of feminine beauty, but beneath it all there is a pointed questioning of the idealization of the female figure that has persisted across centuries. Classic elements of a long ago time are juxtaposed against symbols of modern culture, inviting the viewer into a world beyond reality, where nothing is truly what it seems.
One of the unique aspects of Rocchi’s art lies in the way the artist builds and customizes the frame to complement the work, so that the frames become part of the composition itself. In fact, all of Rocchi’s materials and techniques are patterned after those of Italian painters of the sixteenth century such as Dürer, Van der Goes, and Cranach, using only natural materials, layers of plaster and primer, and thin oil paints that build on one another to compose strikingly rich and multifaceted colors and designs. What results are enchanted paintings that are both beautiful and deeply symbolic.