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Rosetta AcerbiRosetta Acerbi, wife of the Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi, was born in Venice, and she lived and worked in Rome. She passed away last February 2019. She began to paint at a very young age thus gaining consent by most qualified artistic circles. After a short period of abstract painting she standed as a relevant artist in the figurative research. She delved into the psychological sphere by means of its oneiric experience by also recovering ancient symbols and myths.Piazza di Spagna whith husband Goffredo Petrassi

Artistically influenced by the great Renaissance tradition, she was legitimately considered the heir of major Venetian painting from Byzantine iridescence to the magic of Tintoretto and Veronese. Her cultural interests were mostly of psychological nature from the symbolic interpretation of water to the oriental mysticism and the spiritual values of artistic expression starting from music.

After prestigious shows in Venice, Parma, Paris, New York, Madrid, Barcelona, Hamburg, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, in 1999 she takes part in the XIII Quadriennale d’Arte in Rome after dedicating in 1993 an entire cycle of flowers, always in search of beauty, thus showing her ability to nourish her themes with a constant visionary strain.

In 2004 many of her works on Venice were exhibited at the Vangi Museum in Japan. In 2006 30 works of her various artistic periods were exhibited at Palazzo Venezia in Rome in the Sala dell’Antico Refettorio. In 2007 she had two shows at the Italian Cultural Institutes (i.e. Italian Government Cultural Offices) in Vienna and Warsaw, followed in 2008 by a show at the Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Anticoli Corrado and in 2009 in Bruxelles at the Volubilis «Les XXI» Centre.

In 2011 she was invited to the Italian Pavilion of the 54th International Art Exhibition of the “Biennale of Venice”.

In 2012, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, she participated in the collective "Women who made Italy" in the exhibition area of the Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome, in Catania, at the prestigious headquarters of Castello Ursino and subsequently to the Castle of the Abbot in Salerno as part of the review 'The goddesses are back'.

In 2016, she exhibited at the Academy of Hungary in Rome the pictorial cycle "The castle of Barbablu" on the occasion of the concert performance of the opera “The castle of Barbablu” by Béla Bartók (17 March 2016).

In 2008 she received the Vittorio De Sica Career Award under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

Rosetta Acerbi and Giorgio DeChirico Workroom Piazza del Popolo Terrace of the workroom