Manzù

Giacomo Manzù: Sculptor and Draughtsman, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1, until 3rd April 2016

What a delightful show this is celebrating the sculpture and drawings of Giacomo Manzù (1908-1991). Although basically self-taught you will see the influence of both Rodin and Medardo Rosso in his work.

Large seated cardinal 1983 Gilded wood, 205cm Courtesy: Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna

Large seated cardinal
1983
Gilded wood, 205cm
Courtesy: Galleria d’Arte
Maggiore, Bologna

Religious imagery is a key component of his work whether the memorable figures of Cardinals or decoration for churches or chapels such as the “Doors of Death” he was commissioned to create for St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Giacomo Manzu Portrait of Aurora 1980 Pencil on paper Courtesy Galleria d'Arte Maggorie Bologna

Giacomo Manzu
Portrait of Aurora 1980
Pencil on paper
Courtesy Galleria d’Arte
Maggorie Bologna

He was equally at home in a more sensual world as his sculptures of entwined lovers and other drawings reveal.  There are also some very fine studies of his family.

Lovers bronze cm. h. 35 x 70 Courtesy: Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna

Lovers
bronze
cm. h. 35 x 70
Courtesy: Galleria d’Arte
Maggiore, Bologna

 

 

Please check website for opening times

 

http://www.estorickcollection.com

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