Giorgio de Chirico was born in Volos, the capital of Thessaly, in 1888. His parents were Evaristo de Chirico, an railway engineer and descendent of a Sicilian family that had moved to Tuscany, and Gemma Cervetto, a Genoese noblewoman. After the death of his father, in 1906 the de Chirico family moved to Munich. Giorgio de Chirico began to study at the fine arts academy and also closely studied the work by Böcklin and Klinger, above all, in the museums. He became interested in philosophy and studied Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Weininger. It was in this period that he painted his first works inspired by Böcklin.
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