in Figurative Arts
all figurative works inspired by the Fanes, as far as I have been
able to retrieve for now, can be divided into two groups: either
frescoes or decorative panels on the walls of the pizzerias
or beauty-farms that exploit a
character's name from the Fanes' saga, or the illustrations of
the several books or booklets that narrate the story. Both groups
include anyway works of art worthy of some praise. Only very few
artists, who followed their independent inspiration, make an exception
to this rule. Specially in this field, however, my search has
yet to be developped.
Wolff Brothers' unpublished work
biography, edited by R. Infelise Fronza and added to the latest
Italian editions of his works, we can read that his brother Richard
was a good painter. Both brothers prepared together an illustrated
edition of the Dolomitensagen, that remained unpublished
however. Several photos of Richard Wolff's tables
should still be available at the "Brenner" Archives
or places of commerce that are enriched by figurative works of
art inspired by the Fanes or other Ladinian legends:
Fanes (Fanes Hut): you can see there a sequence
of naïf panels, the work of a former waiter from Caorle,
and several woodcarvings, including a sort sort of hollow "Trajan
Column", illustrating several episodes of the legend.
Ladin "Majon di Fashegn" at Vigo di Fassa:
decorated by frescoes by Milo Manara,
depicting four classical feminine characters of Dolomitic legends;
shops in the Badia, Pusteria and Marebbe valleys, a list
of which I shall try to write down later on;
The inn Ciasa Moltina, at San Vigilio di Marebbe, has on one of its outer walls the fresco of a girl (Moltina)
talking to marmots: the kind indication comes from Christian Crepaz.
- The Museo Ladino at San Martin de Tor displays some wooden female busts (Dolasilla, Moltina etc.), whose Author is still unknown to me. The kind informer is Daniela Toschi.
works containing artistical illustrations:
by Karl Staudacher
(Tyrolia 1994): is illustrated by several engravings by A. Morlang,
as well as by the reproduction of works by A.Frenes, A.Rott, M.
da Zacan, by Angel Morlang
(Istitut ladin "Micurá de Rü, San Martin de Tor
1978): is illustrated by a few paintings by the same Author;
regno dei Fanes,
by Brunamaria Dal Lago, (Mondadori 1989) is illustrated by Markus
The Ladies from Fanis, by
Anita Pichler (Haymon 1992) is also illustrated
by original drawings by Markus Valazza;
Il regno dei Fanes, by Brunamaria
Dal Lago Veneri, in its new edition (Giunti 2008) is illustrated
by Fabio Visintin's carefully documented images.
who freely inspired themselves to the Fanes:
Cosmi : has
devoted to the Fanes a really interesting sequence of wood sculptures;
: developped the whole Fanes' saga into a rich sequence
of paintings, on wood or similar materials..
Rota Sperti: a paintress, who lives at the foot of
the Grigne and has a special feeling for the themes of the mountains,
produced a sequence of drawings dealing with Wolff's legends (Ai
confini del cielo) [At the borders of the Sky]; several of
them (still under work) are devoted to the Fanes.