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Indonesia through eyes of Italian artist Romualdo Locatelli

  • A. Kurniawan Ulung

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 20 2019   /  02:58 am

Romualdo Locatelli (Courtesy of Gianni Orsini)For Italian maestro painter Romualdo Locatelli, Indonesia was heaven on earth, a new book reveals.First president Sukarno was a big fan of Italian maestro Romualdo Locatelli, who lived in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, in 1939. Learning of the rarity of original paintings by Locatelli and other renowned artists in Indonesia, the president asked a number of rising young painters, including Trubus Soedarsono, to replicate them in the 1960s.His purpose was not forgery, but to introduce Indonesia‚Äôs art scene to the world through copies of his collection. Sukarno fell for him after seeing two Locatelli paintings at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta and the Bogor Palace in West Java. However, he never had a chance to meet the Italian artist as Locatelli went missing in the Philippines in 1943 under mysterious circumstances....