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Giacomo Manzù

Amanti I, III-V (four works), 1978

Etchings
25 2/5 × 19 2/5 in
64.4 × 49.3 cm
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About the work
R
Roseberys
Medium
Print
Signature
Ea. signed and numbered 38/52, 16/52, 16/50 & 38/50 in pencil
Publisher
2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp
Giacomo Manzù
Italian, 1908–1991
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At the apex of his career, sculptor Giacomo Manzù adhered to three principle motifs: life-size nudes, Catholic iconography, and the painter with his model. In refining his style, he phased out terracotta and stucco, concentrating on bronze and, to a lesser extent, marble. Manzù intended the simplified human figures for which he ultimately became known to act as widely accessible symbols with allegorical meaning, a sensibility that comes through in works like his serene-faced “Cardinals” (of which he made many versions beginning in 1938), whose stylized cloak and headdress form a smooth pyramid. Likewise, his bronze relief doors Porta Della Morte (1952-64) to St. Peter’s in the Vatican received praise for balancing church demands with 20th century tastes. Besides drawing inspiration from classical sculpture, particularly work by Michelangelo, Manzú admired Aristide Maillol’s figures.

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About the work
R
Roseberys
Medium
Print
Signature
Ea. signed and numbered 38/52, 16/52, 16/50 & 38/50 in pencil
Publisher
2RC Edizioni d'Arte, Rome, with their blindstamp
Giacomo Manzù
Italian, 1908–1991
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At the apex of his career, sculptor Giacomo Manzù adhered to three principle motifs: life-size nudes, Catholic iconography, and the painter with his model. In refining his style, he phased out terracotta and stucco, concentrating on bronze and, to a lesser extent, marble. Manzù intended the simplified human figures for which he ultimately became known to act as widely accessible symbols with allegorical meaning, a sensibility that comes through in works like his serene-faced “Cardinals” (of which he made many versions beginning in 1938), whose stylized cloak and headdress form a smooth pyramid. Likewise, his bronze relief doors Porta Della Morte (1952-64) to St. Peter’s in the Vatican received praise for balancing church demands with 20th century tastes. Besides drawing inspiration from classical sculpture, particularly work by Michelangelo, Manzú admired Aristide Maillol’s figures.

Giacomo Manzù

Amanti I, III-V (four works), 1978

Etchings
25 2/5 × 19 2/5 in
64.4 × 49.3 cm
Bidding closed
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