TX: drawn using stock letters around center <A // E // R>, inscribed with pastel at lower side in Greek <ένθα σ' εοντι επανιστασθαι και φυλακος γινεσθαι ενετι ζωντων και νεκρων>, inscribed with felt-pen at rear upper right in Italian <FRANCESCO CORREGGIA / "AER" 1999 / "TUTTE LE COSE MANIFESTE ... SONO" / OLIO E PASTELLI SU TELA / MIS. 116X165>, signed <Francesco Correggia>
CM: Francesco Correggia's Air merges painting with philosophy. The title refers to 'Aer'(Αήρ), which is the gloomy lower stratum of the earth that mortals breathe, as opposed to 'Aether' (Αιθήρ), which is the pure upper stratum that gods breathe. Air is also a painting about the multiple levels of perception. On a first level, it is possible to discern the natural horizon dividing sky and earth. In the center of the picture is a textual horizon traced by the letters that form the word 'AER'; their triangular placement referencing the Holy Trinity - God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Further below is the conceptual horizon, suggested by an absolute line, which picks its color from the sky. At the lower part of the painting is the philosophical horizon which is inscribed with an excerpt in ancient Greek by Herakleitos of Ephesos (ca. 545 - ca. 475).