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Mirella Bentivoglio

(Klagenfurt, Austria, March 28, 1922 - March 23, 2017, Rome, Italy)

Ab Ovo, Ab Eva, Ave Eva, Ea (ab ovo in Latin= "Starting from the egg," or "Starting from the beginning", 1979-1986
Serigraph on paper
13 5/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (34.61 cm x 24.45 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Italian
Technique: Screen printing (serigraphy)
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: P2003.12.5a-d
from 1986 portfolio; 4 prints in folio

"The Latin expression "ab ovo" (which means, literally, "starting from the egg" and, metaphorically, "starting from the very beginning") is still currently used by Italians in its Latin formulation. In this play of words, it goes through some changes, staying bound to the Latin language: ab eva (from Eve), ave eva (Hail Eve), ea (she). It is the birth of self-conscious femininity, accentuated by the shape of an apple, alluding to the starting point: Eve's choice of the mystery of life. The structure of any graphic egg is here revealed to be be two circumferences, one large and one small (in some way bound to birth) and the triangle of divinity."

Mirella Bentivoglio

Frances K. Pohl, Pages: Mirella Bentivoglio Selected Works 1966-2012 (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2015), 14 (illustrated/ bw), fig. 3.

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