De Chirico, Giorgio b. July 10, 1888 d. November 20, 1978 Painter. An outstanding Italian modernist, he did his most significant work between 1910 and 1920. A typical De Chirico painting of this period depicts a large city square, empty except for a statue and one or two faceless human figures. A lonely and even menacing atmosphere is evoked through combinations of bright light, deep shadows, and exaggerated perspectives. These mysterious cityscapes had a profound influence on the Surrealists, though De Chirico was never considered a member of...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di San Francesco a Ripa, Rome, Cittą Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy Plot: Adiacente alla Cappella dell'Immacolata.