Study Center Gallery

Welcome to the Bogliasco Foundation's Study Center Gallery page, where we feature Fellows' projects that were developed during their Bogliasco residencies.

Lo Sguardo Italiano (The Italian Gaze) by Sandro Del Rosario

Originally from Pescara, Italy, artist Sandro Del Rosario emigrated to the United States in 1998 and is now based in Los Angeles. In “Lo Sguardo Italiano”, the award-winning short film he developed during his 2005 and 2007 Bogliasco residencies, Del Rosario looks back at his native country.

A visual poem that bridges filmmaking language and visual arts, “Lo Sguardo Italiano” portrays the natural, historical and artistic beauty of Italy along with the disillusionment, inner conflict, and hopes of an emigrant. To make the film, Del Rosario hand-colored thousands of images with oil pastels, which he later shot as a frame-by-frame animation.

The film premiered at the 2016 Denver International Film Festival and won Best of Festival for experimental film at the Richmond International Film Festival earlier this year.

For this gallery, the artist has selected ten of his images from the film, some of which were inspired by views from the Villa dei Pini at the Bogliasco Foundation’s Study Center

To see the trailer of “Lo Sguardo Italiano”, click here.

To learn more about the artist, visit sandrodelrosario.com

Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
The opening of the film, featuring a panoramic view of Bogliasco’s harbor
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
One of the first scenes created for the film, during my first fellowship at the Bogliasco Foundation in 2005
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
One of the many colored "transfigurations" of the Duomo of Genova
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
The very first scene created for the film, during my 2005 residency
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
A view of the beautiful, dreamy "Golfo Paradiso" on the Ligurian Coast
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
Image from a sequence inspired by the path down to the seashore in Villa dei Pini’s garden, at the Bogliasco Foundation
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
Image from the sequence preliminary to the stones
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
Image from the stone sequence on the beach. The idea came during my second fellowship at the Bogliasco Foundation in 2007
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
The closing scene of the film, featuring the amazing view from the piazza in Bogliasco
Lo Sguardo Italiano by Sandro del Rosario
Another view of the Ligurian sea, from the top of Villa dei Pini