Domenico Rambelli,
The Dying Sailor

Domenico Rambelli,
The Dying Sailor

Domenico Rambelli,  The Dying Sailor
Bronze, 1925-1927, 115x74x63 cm, Inv. n. 1596

This is a trial in bronze for one of the three figures that comprise the Monument to the Fallen in Viareggio. In the figure of the dying sailor, Rambelli succeeds in demonstrating the signature characteristics of his style: synthetic, expressively tense, formally reductive, but also elastic and dynamic. In the monument of Viareggio, the statue of the dying sailor is located to the right of the one of the infantryman, slightly raised and positioned diagonally on the base. And while the dying infantryman, laying parallel to the base and closed within the squared volume of his uniform, is agonising on the ground, the figure of the dying sailor is flinging himself forward in a final and futile attempt to grasp the last instants of his fleeting life.

The work displayed here is the bronze bust of the sailor, whose incomplete anatomic forms, in addition to echoing the impression of a classical artefact, makes it possible to better appreciate the dynamic lines of torsion. (from the notes of Andrea Di Nardo for the catalogue “Art nouveau. Baccarini’s Cenacle”, a show held at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza in 2007, Electa Editore)

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