Marino Marini

Marino Marini (1901-1980, Italy) was a sculptor and illustrator famous for his constant preoccupation with the figure of the rider and his horse. Marini was deeply influenced by Etruscan culture – his sculptures offer a look at Italy’s pagan past and his artistic interpretation of this pre-Roman culture. Marini’s sculptures and drawings seem particularly focused on subjects from Etruscan culture such as fertility, potency and authority, yet his work also attends to modern artistic concerns such as expressive abstraction, which is manifest in the energy of his works. During his lifetime Marini was mostly known in Italy and central Europe, yet he was also successful in Japan and the United States. His works belong to the collections of leading international museums.

Related exhibition: The Towering Inferno

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Marino Marini, Cavallo e cavaliere, 1947, Brush and ink on paper

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