Saul Zanolari – La Noia/Boredom 2015-2017 – 20×10 meters (full composition)


SZ Boredom – La Noia is a digital painting (* 1).

The first digital brushstroke was given on 2 November 2015, the last one on 18 September 2017.


The painting is composed of 13 main characters that include a golden background and a space environment.

List of characters:


In the Roman Empire’s age boredom had the meaning of hate and suffer because of a lack of adequate stimuli.

The concept of boredom evolved over the centuries since became a noble feeling where the human soul falls back on himself and becomes artistic and creative expression in the Renaissance.

Boredom in the contemporary era is a normal but privileged lifestyle.

Most of the western people is no more suffering because of the basic needs like hunger or thirst and has the privilege to be bored thinking on different things like beauty, art, philosophy, tv, etc.

The contemporary way of thinking is in some way still the Illuminism way of thinking: full confidence in the scientific method developed after the French Monarchy’s end.

This is why the painting starts with a Full Moon on a tree full of eggs not yet hatched and develops with Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI beheaded.

Between them there is Pinocchio, the archetype of lies, whose roots are deep and branch all over the first globe.

In this sense SZ Boredom develops from left to the right reminding at LeibnizMonadologie (* 2).

Below Pinocchio and the Royal Family are the female archetypes of perfection: The Windged Victory of Samothrace, the Woman of Willendorf (fertility) and the Venus de Milo (beauty and harmony).

As the German philosopher used to say, we live in the best of all possible worlds.

The three statues are in three different globes, similar to atoms that do not communicate one another: Monads.

Than is the turn of the basic needs: sleep, thirst and hunger.

Needs already satisfied represented by skeletons of animals.

At the extreme right of the painting there’s a Sun and a Saint laughing (enlightened by the sun).

SZ Boredom is a typical multi-layered Zanolari’s painting describing deeply yet ironically the contemporary era.

A description of a normal but privileged lifestyle which starts from an annoying feeling (boredom) and it’s not synonymous of happiness.

(* 1) Digital painting refers to a subcategory of digital art that was born in the twentieth century and reflects all its characteristics.

All paintings that present a painted surface, not exclusively based on lines of design and not generically colored, that follow a certain style are considered as paintings; and for digital the use of an interface that connects the artist to a hardware and software platform. Digital painting adapts traditional painting media (such as acrylic paint, oils and ink) to a digital version.

Commonly incorporated into digital art and visual art, digital painting uses technological tools that simulate the stroke of the real brush.

(* 2) Leibniz’s best known contribution to metaphysics is his theory of monads, as exposited in Monadologie. According to Leibniz, monads are elementary particles with blurred perceptions of one another. Monads can also be compared to the corpuscles of the Mechanical Philosophy of René Descartes and others. Monads are the ultimate elements of the universe. The monads are “substantial forms of being” with the following properties: they are eternal, indecomposable, individual, subject to their own laws, un-interacting, and each reflecting the entire universe in a pre-established harmony (a historically important example of panpsychism). Monads are centers of force; substance is force, while space, matter, and motion are merely phenomenal.

The ontological essence of a monad is its irreducible simplicity. Unlike atoms, monads possess no material or spatial character.

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