Marino Marini 1901-1980

Italian painter and sculptor born in Pistoia in 1901. He attended the Academy of Art in Florence and studied under the naturalistic artist Trentacosta. He spent 1928 and 1929 in Paris and he taught at the School of Art at the Villa Reale in Monza from 1929 to 1940. He won the Grand Prix for Sculpture in 1935 and by 1940 he had been made Professor of Sculpture at the Brera in Milan. During the 1930’s he travelled in Europe frequently and visited the USA.

He was awarded a number of prizes during his career including the First Prize for Sculpture at the Rome Quadriennale (1935), a prize for sculpture at the Exposition Universelle, Paris (1937), the Sculpture Prize at the 1952 Venice Biennale and in 1954 the Grand Prize at the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome. His work was exhibited at Documenta II, Kassel in 1959.

Marini developed several themes in sculpture: equestrian, nudes, portraits, and circus figures. He drew on traditions of Etruscan and Northern European sculpture in developing these themes. His aim was to develop mythical images by interpreting classical themes in light of modern concerns and techniques. ... read more

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