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Overview of the Paintings

Romeo & Juliet

The Metamorphosis

What would happen if Romeo and Juliet had not died?

What would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had not died in the tragic story of their love? This New Collection aims to introduce a new narrative with an imagined scenario.

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What if people needed to conquer their own darkness to find true love?

Alex's new collection: Romeo and Juliet

In this fresh perspective, the focus isn’t on the love between these doomed lovers, but rather a reflection on the personal transformations each one of us undergoes in order to sustain a relationship.


Juliet outside

Juliet Portrait

The initial phase of the story primarily serves as a comparative representation of the psychological states of the two young protagonists.

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Juliet inside

Verona on her mind

On one hand, we have Juliet: on the surface, she appears calm, but she is trapped by the desires and expectations of her parents.

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Romeo outside

Romeo's Portrait

Similar to the portrait of Juliet we have the portrait of Romeo. Rich, handsome, and yet melancholic like Juliet.

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Romeo inside

Pain is close to pleasure

He’s tormented by selfish desires and impulses, aimed solely at his own personal gratification.

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Juliet's family situation

Being Pulled Apart

In a profound state of distress, Juliet appears shattered. The painting depicts her as if she’s tearing pieces from herself, to the point of seeming on the verge of disintegration.

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The decision to change

Moment of Truth

This painting marks a turning point, the beginning of transformation. Juliet realizes that change requires letting go of a part of herself.

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Romeo’s emotions

As a result of being unable to truly “love” the person he just met at a party, Romeo delves even deeper into his internal turmoil.

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The definition of love

The Balcony Scene

This painting is the centerpiece, depicting the iconic balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet. This is probably the most significant piece in the collection, as it illuminates the fundamental dynamic upon which their relationship is based.

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The healing process

Light and Shadows

The collection culminates in a theatrical and symbolic gesture: the elimination of one’s negative self, a necessary sacrifice to stay beside the loved one.

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The wedding of Romeo and Juliet

The Wedding

This unique watercolor painting features Robert Downey Jr as Friar Lorenz, the man who orchestrated Romeo and Juliet’s secret plan.

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Juliet is getting rid of her ego

The Killing of Juliet’s ego

The painting beautifully captures the pivotal moment when Juliet silences her own selfishness.

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The couple can have a future

Life after life

The final piece represents a conclusion that heralds a future.
This painting underscores the importance of resilience and dedication needed to overcome challenges and achieve a genuine happy ending.

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A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE BALCONY SCENE’ FROM THE ROMEO & JULIET COLLECTION.

Introduction To The Project

“Romeo and Juliet, the metamorphosis” is a collection launched in 2021 with the intention of showing the world my city and my identity, using a universally known story as a means of expression. Through this classic perspective, I chose to revisit and pay tribute to the story, but with a twist: what would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had not died?

Synopsis

The original plot of “Romeo and Juliet” tells the intense story of two young lovers and is probably the most famous love story in the world. Between the lines, one can sense the medieval atmosphere and historical context of the city of Verona, to which I feel deeply connected.

The theatrical plot offers very little hope to the two young lovers, culminating in their tragic demise. Perhaps it is this rawness of the story that leaves room for reinterpretation. In 2020 and 2021, I dedicated myself to finding a way to preserve the essence of the narrative, but giving it an inspirational tone rather than purely tragic.

What would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had not died?

I set up an exhibition where each canvas represents a key moment in the story. Using these paintings as pillars of my narrative, I believe I have outlined a path that aims to inspire people, rather than simply shock them. I shared this story with thousands of individuals, in person. I noticed the tears shining in their eyes, and I felt their curiosity, their joy, and their pain.

Because this is what my artistic series is about: the Metamorphosis that each of us must face with our life partner, the need to shatter our selfish darkness to discover and preserve true love. That love that can persist and that guides us to live extraordinary lives.


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Description of the Paintings

The initial phase of the story primarily serves as a comparative representation of the psychological states of the two young protagonists. On one hand, we have Juliet: on the surface, she appears calm, but she’s deeply entangled in the family drama, symbolized by the image of Verona. She is trapped by the desires and expectations of her parents.

A DETAIL FROM JULIET’S PORTRAIT WHERE ONE OF THE ANCIENT SYMBOLS OF VERONA IS VISIBLE
A DETAIL FROM JULIET’S PORTRAIT WHERE ONE OF THE ANCIENT SYMBOLS OF VERONA IS VISIBLE

On the other hand, there’s Romeo: outwardly he seems flawless, but he’s tormented by selfish desires and impulses, aimed solely at his own personal gratification.

In a profound state of distress, Juliet appears shattered. The painting depicts her as if she’s tearing pieces from herself, to the point of seeming on the verge of disintegration.

In a profound state of distress, Juliet appears shattered. The painting depicts her as if she’s tearing pieces from herself, to the point of seeming on the verge of disintegration.

Romeo, on the other hand, is engulfed in a whirlwind of conflicting emotions.

“MOMENT OF TRUTH“
“MOMENT OF TRUTH“

The subsequent scene, however, marks a turning point, the beginning of a transformation. Juliet realizes that change requires letting go of a part of herself. It’s at this moment, wearied by her role as the victim, that she decides to evolve.

A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE BALCONY SCENE’ FROM THE ROMEO & JULIET COLLECTION.
A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE BALCONY SCENE’ FROM THE ROMEO & JULIET COLLECTION.

The following painting, as previously mentioned, is also the most significant. This is because it illustrates the foundation upon which their relationship is built, which is now either re-established or, if it had been compromised, now has the ability to find balance again.

To truly love Juliet, Romeo must see her as an extension of himself and, consequently, care for her as he would for his own being. The same principle applies to Juliet. This mutual recognition and appreciation is, essentially, the driving force that fuels the whirlwind of their love.

THE ROSE. LIGHT AND SHADOWS ARTWORK.
THE ROSE. LIGHT AND SHADOWS ARTWORK.

In one of the final paintings available, the energy of love is symbolized by the rose, the only vivid element prominently featured in the artwork. Juliet draws a rose towards herself, which appears to dissolve her shadows and radiate light, symbolizing the negative aspects fading away.

This seems to emphasize that only love, both for oneself and for others, represents the true driving force behind genuine and lasting change.

The collection culminates in a theatrical and symbolic gesture: the elimination of one’s negative self, a necessary sacrifice to stay beside the loved one.

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The final piece represents a conclusion that heralds a future. It’s not a saccharine or idealized portrayal, as it meticulously describes how reaching such a point involves a journey filled with pain and sacrifice.

It’s not a saccharine or idealized portrayal, as it meticulously describes how reaching such a point involves a journey filled with pain and sacrifice.


A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE WEDDING’ FEATURING THE FACE OF ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

Robert Downey JR as Friar Lawrence

Since Alex Righetto’s collection was initially created for an American audience, he thought of using a familiar character to make it more relatable to them. The American actor Robert Downey Jr. agreed to have his likeness used for the artwork, on the condition that any profits from the piece be donated to charity. Righetto finds it intriguing to draw a parallel between Friar Lawrence, a character in the story who is neither completely good nor wholly bad, and the persona of the American actor. Downey Jr., after a tumultuous past linked to drugs, managed to redeem himself, becoming a symbol of success through his role as Iron Man in the renowned Marvel series.

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A detail from the painting 'The Wedding' highlighting the face of Robert Downey Jr.

It can also be seen as a touch of irony: the idea of linking a modern-day superhero to a story that’s 500 years old was too enticing to resist. I hope Shakespeare can forgive me for this choice.

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The Plot Of The Collection

The Concept

The concept behind Alex Righetto’s exhibition revolves around the idea that Romeo and Juliet “kill” their childish egos instead of themselves.

Their trials and tribulations serve as catalysts for their growth together, rather than leading them to a tragic end.

In his fresh perspective, the focus isn’t on the love between the doomed lovers, but rather on the personal transformations required to sustain a relationship.

In this context, seen as “victims” of both their families and themselves, the characters undertake a transformative journey, driven by love—the force Righetto sees as capable of bettering the world.

He poses the question: how does one distinguish true “love” from mere fleeting youthful infatuation?

How to recognize true love?

The central piece, likely addressing this question, depicts the iconic balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet.

After exploring a wide range of visual interpretations, Righetto was compelled to adopt a style distinctly different from existing portrayals.

 

The concept behind Alex Righetto’s exhibition revolves around the idea that Romeo and Juliet “kill” their childish egos instead of themselves.

Their trials and tribulations serve as catalysts for their growth together, rather than leading them to a tragic end.

In his fresh perspective, the focus isn’t on the love between the doomed lovers, but rather on the personal transformations required to sustain a relationship.

In this context, seen as “victims” of both their families and themselves, the characters undertake a transformative journey, driven by love—the force Righetto sees as capable of bettering the world.

He poses the question: how does one distinguish true “love” from mere fleeting youthful infatuation?

The central piece, likely addressing this question, depicts the iconic balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet.

After exploring a wide range of visual interpretations, Righetto was compelled to adopt a style distinctly different from existing portrayals.

A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE BALCONY SCENE’ FROM THE ROMEO & JULIET COLLECTION.
A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE BALCONY SCENE’ FROM THE ROMEO & JULIET COLLECTION.

The meaning of the painting

In Alex Righetto’s artwork, one can discern a whirlwind with two profiles overlapping and opposing each other. In the background, the inverted profiles illustrate how one must also embody the other, fully embracing their perspective, to claim to love genuinely.

It is a play on both the visual and intellectual, which he regards as the interpretative key and the pinnacle of the collection.

This is why the two lovers find themselves needing to eliminate that negative part of themselves that hindered the relationship.

That childish part with which we are all born and that defines us from our earliest years can be detrimental in a romantic relationship. In such a relationship, giving and receiving must be balanced, and there’s an understanding that the other person is, in the end, an extension of ourselves.


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The Original Plot of Romeo and Juliet

“Romeo and Juliet” is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at the beginning of his career. Set in Verona, it tells the story of two young lovers from two rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This family feud makes their love forbidden.

The story begins with Romeo, a Montague, who falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet, during a ball. They decide to marry in secret the following day. However, due to a series of tragic events, including the death of Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, at the hands of Romeo, the latter is banished from Verona. With the help of Friar Lawrence, the two lovers devise a plan to reunite.

Juliet takes a potion that makes her appear dead. Romeo, unaware of the plan and believing Juliet to be truly dead, returns to Verona and poisons himself beside her. When Juliet awakens and finds Romeo dead, she kills herself with a dagger.

The tragedy concludes with the two families, devastated by the deaths of their children, deciding to end their feud. The story has become an archetype of tragic and youthful love.


SYMBOLS USED IN THE COLLECTION THAT REFER TO THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF VERONA.

Verona In the World

The city of Verona, Italy, is the ideal stage for this universal work, being both the theme and the context of the story for Alex Righetto. Presenting his collection to an American audience, he noticed how they are deeply fascinated by the narrative, by the Lords of Verona, by the Scala, and by the context in which the plot unfolds.

Even more so because the symbolic references are still visible, both inherited and recreated for them. His work revives the image and imagination of Verona in the world, giving, if possible, even more splendor to the city for the artist. Another feature that he believes arouses particular interest is that the original work from which Shakespeare took inspiration is very Italian.

SYMBOLS USED IN THE COLLECTION THAT REFER TO THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF VERONA.
SYMBOLS USED IN THE COLLECTION THAT REFER TO THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF VERONA.

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Renaissance Italy

Romeo and Juliet can plausibly be dated to 1595. Shakespeare must have written the play between 1591 and 1596.

Many of the works Alex Righetto is working on are inspired by the Renaissance.

He believes the Renaissance is an extremely important period, perhaps one of the most precious contributions Italy has made to the world. As an artist and as an Italian, he feels it is important to understand the legacy of his nation, considering the rich landscape of works and values that have influenced the rest of the world.

What does Renaissance mean?

“The Resurgence of the Waters” is a term coined by Leon Battista Alberti, a renowned Renaissance architect, when he was commissioned in the fifteenth century to restore the ancient Roman aqueducts. The term “Risurgenza” was later adopted by the French, following the Napoleonic era, and became “Rinascenza”. Over the centuries, this word evolved into “Rinascimento” (Renaissance in Italian). The Rinascenza symbolizes a rediscovery of the past and, in a broader sense, alludes to the concept of emancipation and progress.

That’s why this collection represents, in a sense, a Renaissance expression: it draws inspiration from an ancient concept and revisits it in a contemporary key.


THE BALCONY OF JULIET’S HOUSE IN VERONA, ITALY.

Why did the artist choose the story of Romeo and Juliet?

Born in the province of Verona, Alex Righetto was introduced to the fame and significance of Romeo and Juliet very early in his existence.

“There were times when I even considered the story predictable and trivial. At other times, I perceived it as kitsch.

In my personal experience, as I believe happens to everyone, I’ve gone through numerous events and understood the importance of working on oneself to establish a fruitful relationship.

All of us, in a way, have been Romeo and Juliet, and perhaps that’s what deeply resonates with us. Impossible love, eternal love, unrequited love… These are themes we’ve all grappled with.

The story of Romeo and Juliet, as I see it, suggests something that seems to elude many: neither Romeo nor Juliet had the personal maturity to handle the situations they found themselves in.”

Alex Righetto

The artist's Voice

Alex Righetto’s collection therefore focuses on metamorphosis, on the essential change. It is a struggle to overcome one’s inner darkness in order to discover true Love.

Perhaps a simple idea, but powerful and exhilarating. In this way, the plot becomes an inspiration for people.

Some might argue that it might be more useful to make young people understand that life, especially romantic life, is full of pain. Righetto does not share this view. He believes instead that people, especially the young, need positive intellectual stimuli and not solely tragic ones.


About the collection

Welcome to 'Romeo e Juliet': A Reimagined Tale

Immerse yourself in the transformative art collection by Alex Righetto, “Romeo e Juliet,” where the classic tale of Verona’s star-crossed lovers is reborn.

This page is your guide through the various stages of their story, each artwork in the collection represents a pivotal moment in the metamorphosis of Romeo and Juliet’s love.

Overview of the collection

The “Romeo and Juliet” collection by Alex Righetto, titled “Romeo & Juliet The Metamorphosis,” presents a unique reinterpretation of the classic tale. Rather than meeting their tragic fate, the collection explores the idea of Romeo and Juliet “killing” their childish egos as a metaphor for personal growth and transformation.

The narrative invites viewers to contemplate a scenario where the characters must conquer their inner darkness to discover true love, offering a fresh perspective on the iconic story

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A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE BALCONY SCENE’ FROM THE ROMEO & JULIET COLLECTION.

An Audio Introduction by Alex Righetto

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A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE BALCONY SCENE’ FROM THE ROMEO & JULIET COLLECTION.

Introduction To The Project

Discover the inspiration behind Righetto’s collection and his unique take on the world-renowned story.

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Behind the Collection's Narrative:

Through this classic perspective, Alex Righetto chose to revisit and pay tribute to the Shakespeare's story, but with a twist: what would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had not died?

Obtaining thus a story without precedent.

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A DETAIL FROM THE PAINTING ‘THE WEDDING’ FEATURING THE FACE OF ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

Robert Downey JR as Friar Lawrence

Explore the unique portrayal of Friar Lawrence, as embodied by Robert Downey Jr., whose visage brings a contemporary edge to this age-old narrative.

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The Plot Of The Collection

Unravel the narrative thread of the 'Romeo e Julietta' collection, where each piece is a moment frozen in the tapestry of a timeless love story

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The Original Plot of Romeo and Juliet

Reacquaint yourself with the original plot of Romeo and Juliet, the foundation upon which the 'Romeo e Julietta' collection builds its narrative arc.

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SYMBOLS USED IN THE COLLECTION THAT REFER TO THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF VERONA.

Verona In the World

Alex Righetto finds that his Verona-themed collection captivates American audiences, highlighting the Italian roots of Shakespeare's inspiration, thus enriching Verona's global image.

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Renaissance Italy

Alex Righetto explains why the Romeo and Juliet collection is centered in the context of the Italian Renaissance.

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Connect With the Collection:

Discover why the Author decided to choose Romeo and Juliet as a "canvas".

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Overview of the Paintings

A preview of each painting with a description and the technical details of the artwork

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Description of the Paintings

A brief overview of the story through the paintings, to understand the fundamental narrative.

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Key Moments in the Story

Access the paintings of my collection ‘Romeo and Juliet The Metamorphosis’ and immerse yourself in their detailed descriptions. Each work is a visual narrative, a fragment of a larger story that reveals the emotional transformation of the protagonists.

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The Portrait Of Juliet Watercolor on Paper

Juliet Portrait

The initial phase of the story primarily serves as a comparative representation of the psychological states of the two young protagonists.

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Verona on her mind - Watercolor on paper

Verona on her mind

Juliet on the surface appears calm, but she is trapped by the desires and expectations of her parents.

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Romeo’s Portrait - Watercolor on Paper

Romeo’s Portrait

Similar to the portrait of Juliet we have the portrait of Romeo. Rich, handsome, and yet melancholic like Juliet.

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Pain is Close to Pleasure - Watercolor and gouache on paper

Pain is Close to Pleasure

He’s tormented by selfish desires and impulses, aimed solely at his own personal gratification.

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Being Pulled Apart - ink and watercolor on paper

Being Pulled Apart

In a profound state of distress, Juliet appears shattered. The painting depicts her as if she’s tearing pieces from herself, to the point of seeming on the verge of disintegration.

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Moment Of Truth - watercolor, spray and ink on canvas

Moment of Truth

This painting marks a turning point, the beginning of transformation. Juliet realizes that change requires letting go of a part of herself.

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Emotions of Romeo - ink and watercolor on paper

Emotion of Romeo

As a result of being unable to truly “love” the person he just met at a party, Romeo delves even deeper into his internal turmoil.

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The Balcony Scene - Ink and Watercolor on canvas

The Balcony Scene

This painting is the centerpiece, depicting the iconic balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet. This is probably the most significant piece in the collection, as it illuminates the fundamental dynamic upon which their relationship is based.

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Light And Shadows - Watercolor on Canvas

Light and Shadows

The collection culminates in a theatrical and symbolic gesture: the elimination of one’s negative self, a necessary sacrifice to stay beside the loved one.

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The Wedding - Mixed media on paper

The Wedding

This unique watercolor painting features Robert Downey Jr as Friar Lorenz, the man who orchestrated Romeo and Juliet’s secret plan.

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The Killing of Juliet’s ego - watercolor ink and acrylic on paper

Taming of Juliet’s ego

The painting beautifully captures the pivotal moment when Juliet silences her own selfishness.

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Life After Life - Watercolor on paper

Life After Life

The final piece represents a conclusion that heralds a future.
This painting underscores the importance of resilience and dedication needed to overcome challenges and achieve a genuine happy ending.

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Experience the Metamorphosis

Experience the Metamorphosis:

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