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Peter Blume Hadrian's Villa

Peter Blume Hadrian's Villa
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Amid the crumbling stones at Roman emperor Hadrianís pleasure palace in Tivoli lies an olive grove, where, in 1956, American artist Peter Blume happened upon workers gathering fruit from the ancient trees. This juxtaposition of life and decay had become a celebrated theme in Blumeís art, already known for its narrative qualities, draftsmanís detail, experiments with scale, and vivid imagery. The artist likened the relationship between the trees and their twisted forms to a ballet. Likewise, his Hadrianís Villa pulses with movement, the workers balancing and contorting as they beat the ripe fruit for collection on a cloth below the tree, beautifully mangled with age.