Domenico Baccarini,
Bust of a woman with hands folded (Thought)

Domenico Baccarini,
Bust of a woman with hands folded (Thought)

Domenico Baccarini, Bust of a woman with hands folded (Thought)
Glazed earthenware, [1900], 76x41x41 cm, Inv. n. 1629
Domenico Baccarini was defined by Gino Severini, who knew him as a twenty-year-old in Rome, «a sculptor from the region of Romagna» who «made beautiful drawings».

This bust of a woman is a work from 1900, and is indicated in a letter of the family preserved in the Municipal Archive as Baccarini’s first work.

In a photograph of the artist’s studio, full of sculptures, Domenico Baccarini is captured precisely in the middle, with this work by his side.

The woman of the statue is actually his sister Giovanna, who is portrayed in a half-length bust, in a position with her hands joined, holding a flower and glancing down in a pensive mood. On the base, to the right, the word Pensiero (Thought) is engraved, the title of this sculpture.

Claudio Spadoni, in the catalogue of the show held in Ravenna in 2007 during the celebrations for the centennial anniversary of the artist’s death, wrote that his bust is the eighteen-year-old Domenico Baccarini’s masterpiece, where «references to realistic sculpture are attenuated in the softness of the material from which the intent face of the young woman is moulded, captured in an instant of melancholic meditation».

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