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Collections La Grande Chiave (The Large Key)

Collections La Grande Chiave (The Large Key)

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Title
La Grande Chiave (The Large Key)
Date
1959
Dimensions
overall 96.5 × 36 × 14.75 inches
Materials
bronze
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1963.10
Inscriptions
B “MANZU”
Credit Line
Anonymous gift, 1963

artwork entry Giacomo Manzù, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

The sculptures of Giacomo Manzù are largely religious in their themes, and their graceful proportions derive from the principles of classical art. Manzù was commissioned to create the fifth door of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Entitled The Door of Death (1962), it was dedicated to the Pope, who is shown kneeling in prayer in one of the lower panels. The heavenward-directed prongs of The Large Key are actually two tall-hatted bronze cardinals, one facing forward, the other backward—an enigmatic statement of the omnipresence of the Roman Catholic Church in Italian life.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 21.

© 1998 Walker Art Center