Go Inside the Italian Hideaway Where Cy Twombly Conceived His Masterpieces
Thanks to a friend, Twombly discovered the picturesque town of Gaeta, Italy.
Cy Twombly (see Cy Twombly Sculpture Accidentally Smashed at Menil Collection) is one of a handful of American artists that truly loom large over the landscape of 20th century art. But a number of his most famous works were conceived in the picturesque Italian village of Gaeta, thanks to his longtime assistant, archivist, and companion Nicola Del Roscio, who brought the artist with him to the hamlet in 1979. Until his death in 2011, Twombly split his time between Italy and and his native Virginia.
A recent profile in the spring design issue of T Magazine reveals the breathtaking interior of Del Roscio’s home on the island, complete with a garden and six acres overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
While Twombly brought Del Roscio, 16 years his junior, into the fold of the art world, introducing him to Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, and Andy Warhol, it was Del Roscio who showed Twombly the ways of life in Italy, where Twombly would eventually purchase his own home a short distance from his confidant’s.
According to his close friend Julian Schnabel, it was there that he “lived the poetry of his work.” During his time in Gaeta, Twombly completed the acclaimed “Four Seasons” series, which is now part of the permanent collection at MoMA.
“Cy’s and Nicola’s personalities were so similar, so close, they almost became the same person,” muses Larry Gagosian, who began representing Twombly in the 1990s, and who often sails his yacht to Gaeta to visit Del Roscio.
Del Roscio’s home is filled of memories of Twombly: a framed poster advertising one of his last shows at Gagosian, a copy of a Picasso that the artist painted on top of one of his original pieces, personal letters, Polaroids, correspondence with dealers, paintbrushes, and even Twonbly’s glasses.
“[They are] things I collected for 50 years,” he says. But while the artwork is public, the more personal ephemera lives in a cabinet that does not open for visitors.
Earlier this week, an untitled 1954 Cy Twombly sculpture was smashed by a visitor at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas (see Cy Twombly Sculpture Accidentally Smashed at Menil Collection).
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