Art and identity: the Mediterrean by Paolo Sandulli

 

On the Amalfi Coast, there is a watchtower dating back to the Angevin period, then guardian of an ancient fishermen's beach. At the top of the tower, where once vigilant sentries used to stare at the horizon, today there’s the workshop of an artist of incredible creativity.

This is Paolo Sandulli, a globetrotting painter, sculptor and ceramist, who came back to Praiano thirty years ago. From that moment, the ancient Torre a Mare became his second home, an art atelier reflecting into the blue.

 

 

Memories of our sea

 

The eclectic artist, after a formation of excellence between Rome, Paris and Milan, decides to go back to the origins. The return to the Amalfi Coast is not only physical, but it adopts an emotional value and a strong mnemonic component.

In each work, the memory of the ancient stories of the Mediterranean region emerges, together with the desire to protect all this Beauty from the offences of the contemporary era. From the drift that has slowly turned the beach near his atelier - the Praia - into a tourist place where tourists have replaced the local fishermen, a strong need emerges: the need to keep the memory of these places.

A need that comes to life in the busts of women crowned with colourful marine sponges, a distinctive feature of Sandulli's artistic production over the past 10 years. A real signature, which recognizes in the Mediterranean area a source of inexhaustible culture and beauty. These works are particularly appreciated by foreign travelers visiting the Amalfi Coast: from the awareness of the wonders all around, you desire to bring a piece of that world with you. So, between photos with amazing landscapes, Positano fashion clothes and sandals and food specialties, these artifacts earn a place of honor.

Original souvenirs, different and precious like no other.

 

Mediterranean brushstrokes in our hotel

 

An artist so fond of his own places could only feel at home in our 5-star hotel, created from the same need for protection and enhancement of the Amalfi Coast. Aldo Capilongo, founder of the Hotel Le Agavi, cultivated the dream of preserving and spreading the beauty of our land beyond the local borders. As Paolo Sandulli would like to do through his art.

The painter and sculptor immediately recognized himself in our sensitivity and values: our hotel often hosts book presentations and meetings dedicated to the history of the Amalfi Coast and its cultural and artistic memory. Starting from a commonality of purpose, Sandulli adorned some spaces of our hotel in Positano with works inspired by the summer and its wonderful water acrobatics.

In addition to values, what links us to this great artist is the ability to attract a cultured and refined target, eager to explore the identity of the Mediterranean area and discover the references with the past and timeless charm.

According to Sandulli, a similar attitude, together with the prestigious position of Hotel Le Agavi, makes every trip on the Amalfi Coast a unique and irreplaceable experience.

 

The photos in this article are by the photographer Amedeo Benestante.

 

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