Light of Humanity, the landmark image of the XIIth Florence Biennale inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, is a work by Rossano B. Maniscalchi, Florentine photographer and director who has stood out on the international artistic scene.
Award winner at the International Fashion Film all’Arts 4 Peace Awards 2018. He boasts 8 nominations obtained with Touch Me in a past edition of the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival in San Diego, where he has just received the Award for Best Director, earned with Denying Beauty (also deserving the Award for Best Makeup).
Light of Humanity was first displayed within the framework of Maniscalchi’s solo exhibition “In a Silent Way”, a collateral event of the Florence Biennale that was held within the “Artimino Contemporanea” Festival this year.
Clearly inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (c. 1490 – Venice, Accademia Galleries), Light of Humanity conveys the poetics and aesthetics of Maniscalchi, who argued:
“Light of Humanity is a picture that I took many years ago while I was in New York, working with some dancers. It is wonderful to work with dancers because of their ability to control their body and react to stimuli, which helps you grasp beauty, balance, symmetry or anything else you are seeking.
While looking at dancers you cannot but think that can’t help thinking that what is happening before your very eyes recalls an idea of perfection which does not exist on Earth, but enlightens human beings”.
Light of Humanity has been earmarked as the image representing the XIIth Florence Biennale not only because it is a splendid representation of the biennial’s theme, “ARS ET INGENIUM: Towards Leonardo da Vinci’s Legacy of Similitude and Invention”.
While virtually bringing in past and present, Maniscalchi’s photograph conveys the idea of interdisciplinarity, if not of synthesis of the arts.
Theatrum of creativity and its many forms in the contemporary age, the Florence Biennale showcases the visual and performing arts, yet also the ingenious endeavours belonging to the design realm.