Giordano's Window 2019
Book covers, ink and silver leaf in artist's frame. 39.5 x 31 x 2 inches.
This work is in memory of Giordano Bruno, poet/philosopher
and would be religious reformer burned at the stake for heresy
in Rome in 1600. Lured to Venice by a bookseller in 1591 on behalf
of a Venetian nobleman interested in learning the art of memory,
the impassioned Bruno had a falling out with the wealthy scion
and was locked in a guest room and soon after delivered to the
Inquisition. Bruno was in possession of a number of “conjuring
books,” works on magic that were probably considered by authorities
as treatises on the dark arts. One can imagine Bruno trapped in a
room with shuttered windows in the nobleman's grand palazzo
surrounded by and tragically condemned by the books that were
the mainstay of his faith.