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Title
Cavaliere (Horseman)
Artist
Marino Marini
Date
circa 1949
Dimensions
overall 70.625 × 45.5 × 32 inches
Materials
bronze
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1953.50
Inscriptions
base on reverce C “MM”
Credit Line
Gift of the T.B. Walker Foundation, 1953

artwork entry Marino Marini, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

The principal subject of Marino Marini’s sculpture, beginning in the 1930s and continuing throughout his long career, was the heroic theme of horse and rider. His equestrian statues evolved over the years from formal versions in the classical style, inspired by Roman and Etruscan art, to fiercely personal visions in which the rider, increasingly unable to control his mount, came to represent the human condition itself. As Marini put it: “My equestrian statues express the torment caused by the events of this century… . My wish is to reveal the final moment of the dissolution of a myth, the myth of the heroic individual, the humanists’ ‘man of virtue.’”

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 20.

© 1998 Walker Art Center