'Quadriga', 1942

Miami Beach 2015
Galerie Thomas
40.0 x 40.0 x 8.0 (cm)
15.7 x 15.7 x 3.1 (inch)
lifetime cast. With monogram lower right. One of 5 unique casts. Marini attended the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Florence. His work had two strong influences, one was Etruscan art. Marini was born in the Tuscan town of Pistoia, in the land of the Etruscans, and he considered himself a direct descendant of that highly developed civilization. He created his works from the world known to him and from its traditions: "I owe my love for reality to the Etruscans". The other influence was the sculpture of Arturo Martini. Marini succeeded Martini as professor at the Scuola d’Arte di Villa Reale in Monza, near Milan, in 1929, a position he retained until 1940. In his figurative sculptures he limited himself to a few themes: portrait heads (which established his first reputation), nudes, acrobats and his prominent theme, horses with or without riders. In 1948 Marini had a whole room at the Venice Biennale. Probably the most famous of his works is "The Angel of the City", which Peggy Guggenheim acquired on that occasion and installed in front of her palazzo, facing the Grand Canal in Venice.