Until 3rd April 2016
Recognized for his delicate and moving work, the sculptor and designer Giacomo Manzu left his mark on 20th century sculpture. In collaboration with the Galleria d’Arte Maggiore de Bologna, the exhibition presented by the Estorick Collection celebrates the work of this remarkable artist through a generous selection of 50 sculptures and works on paper.
A self-taught artist, Giacomo Manzu was strongly influenced by Donatello and Paleo-Christian art. Concerned chiefly with biblical subjects, the Italian sculptor completed his first work in 1930 in Milan where he decorated the Chapel at the Catholic University. In the 30s he also began sculpting a striking series of cardinals whose ecclesiastical robes were in conical form. Subsequently awarded a professorship at the Academy in Brera, Giacomo Manzu lived near Brera until the end of the war. Increasingly established as a sculptor of religious imagery, he made the doors for St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, a masterpiece completed in 1964. His interpretation of sacred images is key to the work of the Italian artist.
The exhibition allows the visitor to encounter the work of an accomplished 20th century artist who played an important part in the revival of Italian sculpture. A Catholic and personal friend of Pope John XXIII, Giacomo Manzu is as drawn to portraiture as much as to religious iconography. Combining both the frailty and the humanity of the divine, the Italian artist created sculptures stamped with both sensitivity and simplicity. The exhibition also includes his drawings that embody the same qualities as his sculptural work: simple and sensitive lines. The further the visitor proceeds through the Estorick Collection, the more they experience the indescribable calm emanating from the artist’s sculptures. Revealing the richness of his creations, the exhibition Giacomo Manzu: Sculptor and Draughtsman is a fine tribute to the 20th century Italian master sculptor.
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Place : Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Address : 39A Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN
District : Islington
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