Emanuele Dascanio’s Depositio Maddalenae

© Emanuele Dascanio

According to most subject matter experts, Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture that reproduces as close as possible a high-resolution photograph. In that sense, hyperrealism can be considered an evolution of its “parent” genre known as Photorealism, an American art movement started in the late sixties that in essence used mechanical or semi-mechanical means to transfer the photography information to the canvas.

Emanuele Dascanio was born in Garbagnate Milanese in 1983, beyond the genre tags, Dascanio’s works are fascinating. Even though I’m pretty amazed by his drawings, it’s fair to say that Dascanio’s artistic production encompasses much more than drawing, he’s also a master of the oil painting technique. Coming back to Dascanio’s drawing, he uses a blend of charcoal and graphite, his subjects are usually lighted with a single source of light, from that perspective, every one of his drawings brings some sort of renaissance character.

Deposito Maddalence is an incredible hyperrealist work, independently of the intrinsic beauty of the composition and the amazing realistic effect, the subtle lighting and shading effects, the different plays with shapes and chiaroscuros — bringing to the drawing an effect that in many sense supersede reality without the grotesque effect of some today’s photo-editing techniques — are really prodigious.

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