Painting Caserta Red
I could not find any image of this painting. Does its title "Painting Caserta Red" mean "to paint Caserta in red color"?
In Painting Caserta Red (Crossing the Rapido VI) (2003), the artist includes much of his personal material. The slightly opaque image of the flayed Marsyras from Titian’s The Flaying of Marsyras is central, alongside an image taken from a sculpture of Marsyras derived from a 1944 postcard from Rome’s Palazzo Conservatori. These images evoke the widely reproduced 1943 photos of the corpses of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and his coterie. The work also incorporates a photo of a skinned German soldier. It is the luxurious and rich use of paint – many layered and dense – that synthesizes the imagery. In a sea of red-brown – it is a massive composition – O’Donoghue expresses anguish at the destructive and very painful course of war.