Raffaello Marchi

Raffaello Marchi

Already told by writers and poets and illustrated by painters and drawers, that Sardinia which experienced at the beginning of the 20th century thefinally "indigenous" filters of visual and literary arts, found– from the mid-20th century– one of his cultists of excellence inside Raffaello Marchi's personality. This self-taught demoethnoanthropologist, at first a poet and already a frequent visitor at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Roma, would become one of the most passionate experts of those regional customs and traditions on which renewed attentions of researchers and documentarians – also international ones – were focused on. A friend of Emilio and Joyce Lussu, Severino and Luisa Delogu, respected by ethnographer Ernesto De Martino and mentor of artists like Giovanni Canu from Mamoiada, “Lelio” Marchi shared with his wife – "the resistant teacher" Mariangela Maccioni– a life pathway based on culture and freedom of ideas, mainly animated by a broad-spectrum and cross curiosity that still today – in times of academic and satisfied specialism, still distinguishes his sui generis and open-minded behavior: a multiplicity of interests confirmed by the variety of hissigned publications (on newspapers and magazines as well as in volumes) about Sardinian mass traditions – from masks to religion calling at writings and verbal manners. 

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