The symbology of the cross as a “family tree” and fundamental to the human condition, in search of ongoing balance between divine mystery and quotidian earthly life and vanitas. This is the point of departure of the exploration of Federico Guida who, at the Fondazione Stelline in the spaces of the Sala del Collezionista and the Quadriportico del Chiostro, offers his work Arbor. The title of the exhibition finds its origins in the latin roots of the word “tree” and presents large original works which weave transcendence with humanities, science, history and religion. The exhibition, inspired by the cross as a formal element, recurring in the exhibition, gives a wink to the moulded Medieval crosses of Giotto and Cimabue held in Florence and becomes the pictorial surface of a narrative which links symbology and narrative, the abstract and the figurative. Starting with oil paintings on linen applied to wood, each installation is filled with highly conceptual value, mixing the sacred and the profane. Visitors move through works linked by intense contrasts, from the suffering of a mother to the cruelties of the flesh, then becoming sublimated in cosmic images, eclipses and galaxies which increase the tension towards the Absolute, transforming the installations in totemic depictions of existence.