In Italian, the term Universal Judgment is used for the Last Judgment. In an irreverent twist on man as God’s servant, the artist replaced the traditional seat of Judgment with an all-seeing valet, or clothes hanger, in the center at the top. The damned are falling on God’s left, in the red of eternal fire, and the saved are rising through the blue on his right. The kaleidoscope of figures that make up each scene are quoted from sources such as newspaper photographs of riots and the dream—or nightmare—worlds in the art of Bosch and Bruegel. Pozzi’s vision of a world in chaos combines these visual references with personal symbolism and vestiges of his earlier abstract style.
Artist Lucio Pozzi, American, born 1935
Title
  • Universal Valet
Date 1983
Medium oil on linen
Dimensions Unframed: 190 inches × 21 feet 10 inches (4 m 82.6 cm × 6 m 65.5 cm)
Overall (stretcher bars): 161 3/4 inches × 20 feet (4 m 10.8 cm × 6 m 9.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Catherine Kresge Dewey Acquisition Fund
Accession Number 1993.1
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
Not On View
the artist;
1993-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Reconnecting. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1987, pp. 26-27 (ill.).