Together the dolphin and the turtle, 24 in x 32 in, acrylic on canvas, Ferrara, 2019.
The painting of Alessandro Tognin represents the most loved couple of the sea: the sea turtle and the dolphin. In the act of swimming together, playing together. The carapace of the sea turtle is composed of small bony plates placed in mosaic, covered with a hard and smooth, massive but elastic skin.
It lives in warm and temperate seas, usually on the high seas and approaches the coasts to reproduce and hunt.
Strong and fast swimmer (think 100 m in 10 sec.) she is lively and, if disturbed, can become bellicose.
The dolphin, represented in the painting next to her, has a slender body, to swim quickly, and uses the caudal fin as a propulsion device.
His head contains a characteristic organ, used for orientation and for finding food. The mouth is shaped like a curve with an expression that resembles a smile. The basic coloring consists of shades of gray, blue. Moreover the side of the belly is on the white. All this with strokes and patches of different shades. The pupil in the dolphin’s eye has the shape of a heart.
Dolphins are often seen flanking ships and “accompanying them” by swimming on the surface. In this painting it seems that he is doing an acrobatic evolution in water. Since ancient times dolphins have been estimated with an intelligence superior to that normally attributed to fish and other mammals. Therefore an immutable idea of their sociability has been created that put them at the center of cults, myths and representations.
In fact, it is now known that dolphins have a multiform communication system like a real language. This is supported not only by the ability to produce communicating ultrasounds within the group. But also on motorcycle models used as transmission marks. In the painting it seems that the dolphin and the turtle interact together, communicating with each other.
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