Congenial Spirits: Italia

(left) Amadeo Modigliani, Elena Povolozky, 1917. Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 19 1/8 in. The Phillips Collection; (middle) Giorgio Morandi, Still Life, 1953. Oil on canvas, 8 x 15 7/8 in. The Phillips Collection; (right) Giorgio Morandi, Still Life, 1950. Oil on canvas, 14 1/8 x 18 5/8 in.The Phillips Collection. Photo: Amy Wike

This small gallery pays tribute to some of the Italian artists in the Phillips’s permanent collection. Modigliani, Morandi, and De Chirico greet elevator riders as the doors open on the second floor of the Phillips house. 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy—Washington celebrates all summer with La Dolce DC.

Meryle Secrest, author of Modigliani: A Life, gives her perspective on the painter behind this portrait of Elena Povolozky (at left) next Thursday, May 19.

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