oil on canvas, 29.8×40.2 cm

Signed and dated lower left P. Conti ’79

The two sketches for Luigi Pirandello’s The Salamander remain emblematically here to indicate the love of theater that Conti has not ceased to cultivate from adolescence to the present, and in this case, also his warm friendship with Pirandello and Bontempelli. The protagonist of the play is a talking salamander that gives rise to unpredictable prodigies.

II skeletal character of the scenes has relevance to the archetypal aspects of the Pirandellian universe, with which Conti is most immediately in touch.