An explanation of Piet Mondrian's work by Michael Sciam

Past and present

If at first glance there does not seem to be anything in common between the two frescoes by Raffaello and the painting by Mondrian, a more careful analysis reveals some interesting affinities.

La Disputa del Sacramento, 1508 and Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43

The comparison help us highlighting themes of universal character common to the three works and demonstrate that, mutatis mutanti, the twentieth-century painting can represent a synthesis of the two sixteenth-century frescoes.

La Scuola di Atene, 1508-10 and Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43

At a distance of four centuries, the three artworks speak to us of substantial aspects of human existence. They certainly do so in a very different way because in the meantime everything has changed in the lives of men.