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RECAPITULATION - A Journey
by SVEVA CAETANI|
by Heidi Thompson
Each of us is on a spiritual journey. Each of us can gather both inspiration and courage from
Sveva Caetani's artistic accomplishment. This book tells the story of one human being,
in whose struggle to understand life our own struggle is mirrored.
After a life of isolation, heartbreaking loneliness and--in later
years--physical disability, Sveva gathered all her courage and
strength to embark on a mental and spiritual journey which took her
to the deepest, most painful and joyous places of her past.
There she examined the conditions
and people that shaped her life and mind. In the
process she gained insight about truth, humanity, love,
These re-lived experiences became the content for her paintings and
writings in Recapitulation, modelled loosely on
Dante's Divine Comedy. Sveva's "journey" also took her through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, as she understood them.
The series comprises fifty-six large, luminous watercolour paintings. They are breathtaking in beauty, and inspired by a depth of knowledge
and intelligence that breathes through every stroke. Detailed in style, they are also detailed in the breadth of the emotions and human condition
they examine--from cruelty, betrayal, and senseless violence to passion, beauty,
human achievement, and love.
As Sveva was nearing completion of the series, she became increasingly disabled,
her hands so crippled with arthritis that holding the brush became almost impossible. In 1989, fourteen years after she
began her artistic journey painting the 56 images and writing the accompanying texts for Recapitulation she completed the work. Only five years later
the artist died. She had donated all her paintings to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in Edmonton and bequeathed her home, properties and money to the art community of Vernon.