Arturo Martini was born on 11 August 1889 in Treviso.

By Adriana Baranello

Arturo Martini was born on 11 August 1889 in Treviso. Martini was active between the two world wars, and was primarily a sculptor, but also painter and engraver. Despite studying in Paris and Berlin, and his early support of Futurism, Martini’s works swing between aggressive modernism and classicism, but not toward avant-garde experimentalism, as was typical of the works of many prominent Italian artists during the Fascist Ventennio. Martini taught for a time at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. Martini is also remembered for his provocative book La scultura lingua morta [Sculpture Is a Dead Language], published in 1947.

“Arturo Martini.” The Encyclopedia Britannica.

“Arturo Martini.” Museo del Paesaggio.

Judith and Holofernes, c. 1932, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo.

Cavallo, c. 1926. Collezioni d’arte della Fondazione Cariplo, Milan.

Ulysses and the dog, 1936-37, fire clay, Museo del Paesaggio, Verbania.

Family of acrobats, 1936-37, original plaster, Museo del Paesaggio, Verbania.

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