Divine Ladies

Vernissage: Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 6-8 p.m., in the presence of the artist
25.01.18 – 03.03.18

Giovanni Gastel was born in Milan on December 27th, 1955, to Giuseppe Gastel and Ida Visconti di Modrone. Influenced by his uncle Luchino Visconti, the famous cinema and theater director, Gastel started showing his artistic vocation at the age of twelve, joining experimental acting companies. At the same time, he developed a passion for poetry and at sixteen, Cortina published his collection of poems named Casbah. Between 1975 and 1976 he began producing still lives for Christie’s and formed the visual identity of several Italian companies.

From the early 1980s to today, Gastel has worked with more than 50 Italian and international magazines, and published about 130 covers for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Amica etc. He has produced over 500 campaigns and catalogs for several fashion houses, beauty brands, jewellers and designers. As an icon of the Italian and international photography world, he received the Oscar for photography “La Kore – Oscar della Moda” in 2002.

After 40 years devoted to his photographic research, he was honored with a major retrospective, curated by Germano Celant at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan in 2016. The exhibition at Galerie Clairefontaine entitled “Divine Ladies”, presents a selection of portraits and fashion pictures, which are a hymn to femininity, style, elegance, and to a world made of subtle seduction, sensitivity and hidden fragility, – his main sources of inspiration.


Galerie Clairefontaine, Espace 2
21, rue du St-Esprit, L-1475 Luxembourg
Tue-Fri: 10:00-18:30, Sat: 10:00-17:00
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Giovanni Gastel, Glamour, Katya Pushkina, 2014

Untitled (Alona) 2001

Govanni Gastel, Untitled (Alona), 2001


57 y.d. 2006 230 x 146 cm

Giovanni Gastel, 57 y.d., 2006