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Ex-voto dedicated to Santa Rita de Cascia by Yves Klein, 1961

  • Ex-voto dedicated to Santa Rita de Cascia by Yves Klein
    Pure pigment, gold leaf, gold ingots and manuscript in plexiglass
    6 x 8 x 1 inch
Secret was the deposit, in 1961 of an ex-voto, addressed by Yves Klein to Saint Rita, at the monastery of Cascia where the relic of his body is preserved. This ex-voto was rediscovered fortuitously, several years after the death of the artist, which occurred in 1962. The damage caused by the 1979 earthquake had made a restoration necessary. The painter responsible for making it needed gold. The sisters of the convent brought him the box deposited anonymously and preserved with the other offerings. He recognized there a work of Yves Klein. It was authenticated in 1980 by Pierre Restany and Daniel Moquay who went there.
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