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Horseman (Il cavaliere)

Marino Marini, one of Italy’s most important modern sculptors, turned to the equestrian motif numerous times throughout his career. Horseman alludes to the plight of Italian peasants during World War II, when they were forced to flee their homes during bombing raids. The sculpture depicts a nude rider sitting on a horse with his arms hanging limply and his face turned upward with an expression of hopelessness. The horse appears agitated, with ears flattened and neck outstretched. Marini represents the horseman as a tragic figure, helpless in the face of modern warfare.

Marino Marini
Italian, 1901–1980
Horseman (Il cavaliere)
1947
Bronze
63 7/16 x 61 x 26 1/2 in. (161.1 x 154.9 x 67.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope in memory of James Adams, 76.137

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