1997 - Nicola Miceli

Nicola Micieli, Luoghi postumi, exhibition catalogue, Bologna 1997

In the perspective of a fluency that heralds the ever more intimate unveiling of existence, Lombardi has gradually refined the orchestration of painting, not just by separating out the material in subtleties of execution that by now render the textures almost ethereal and impalpable, and modulating the form into sinuous patterns that animate the structures, delivering them from any architectural tectonicity, but by representing unreal landscapes that can be located at the boundaries between earth and sky: almost meteors or suspended places where the ecstatic experience can take place, metaphorically and by topographic empathy, of breaking out of the enclosure that makes us, as Dante put it, “all mortal,” into a vision of the place where the monads scattered through the universe are reassembled into the unity of the whole. Not coincidentally we see a sort of levitation of houses, an undulation of cypresses animated by a breath that comes from their inner vegetal spirit, rather than by a wind blowing gently from any direction in space, in these Posthumous Places where the oblong figures of the hills evoke the purgatorial mountain of Christian mythography, and are in fact audaciously, but perhaps it would be better to say with poetic upward force, conceived as springboards for the animated sky that is already physically presaged in the parade of clouds suffused with pearly light.