Marino Marini: The Sculpture

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unlike most equestrian statues, which exalt a triumphal figure, the horse-and-rider pieces of Italian sculptor Marino Marini (1901-1980) seek to commemorate ``something tragic, a kind of Twilight of Man,'' in the artist's words. His equestrian studies are rooted in the devastation of his native Tuscany during WW II. Equally affecting are the grisly human figures inspired by fossilized corpses unearthed at Pompeii, victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. As Hunter, a Princeton art historian, explains in his thoughtful essay, Marini uses Archaic Greek, Etruscan and Roman motifs to confront the dislocations of the modern world. Also on display in Finn's photographs are Marini's androgynous archangels, eloquent dancers, melancholy jugglers and acrobats, and his probing portrait heads of Igor Stravinsky, Oscar Kokoschka and Mies van der Rohe. This lavish album includes a brief reminiscence by Marini's widow and 168 plates (70 in color). (Apr.)
Donna Seaman
A native of Tuscany and very sensitive to the chaos and tragedy of his times, Marino Marini (1901-80) was influenced both by his region's renowned classical art and by the unparalleled forces of destruction unleashed by the world wars. Art historian Sam Hunter and photographer David Finn provide a striking survey of Marini's intensely expressive, iconographic sculpture. Hunter's fine narrative blends biographical information with insightful discussions of the roots and meaning of Marini's resonant symbolism and aesthetic evolution, while Finn's perfectly lit and composed photographs capture the full force of the sculptures' powerful form, dramatic tension, and rich surface texture. Marini is most famous for his equestrian figures, which range from noble and triumphant pairings of rider and horse to near-apocalyptic struggles of man and beast in the grip of cosmic fear and dread. His dignified nudes provide a quiet counterpoint; these female figures are natural descendants of the grand classical tradition and exude a meditative strength. Evocative quotes from the artist deepen the experience of viewing his work: "Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, but everything is transformed."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810936294
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/1993
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 11.84 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Photographer's Note 11
The Sculpture of Marino Marini 15
Notes 219
Selected Bibliography 220
Index 221
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