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Boasting to everyone that his forum would be grander than the Colosseum, Mussolini created the Stadio dei Marmi, or Stadium of Statues, an arena built outside Rome for the 1944 Olympic Games that were postponed by World War II. Believing a fascist state required the top level of physical fitness, Il Duce provided inspiration for his nation in the form of monumental art, commissioning sculptors from all over the country to create sixty Herculean statues of white marble to be put atop six-foot pedestals surrounding the stadium. The statues, based on figures from Italian war memorials, embodied the glorification of the athlete and the mannered heroism of the soldier. Startlingly erotic and poetic, each statue stands twelve feet tall, nude but for the occasional headband or sandals. So blatant was their sexual presence that the statues later provoked furtive attempts at “decency” involving fig leaves and loincloths.

Once relegated to the category of political kitsch, these statues have, in recent times, been re-evaluated and are being recognized as objects of beauty and merit. “The Foro Italico…sustains a guileless, perhaps unique, male eroticism which is at odds with the grandiloquent intentions of its planner and creators in Mussolini’s fascist regime,” explains George Mott, who first glimpsed the statues in 1962 and photographed them twenty years later. His black-and-white and color images of the statues have been sought by collectors in Europe and America, and have been used repeatedly by fashion designers and art directors. In Foro Italico, for the first time, these photographs are being shown collectively, exquisitely reproduced in a remarkable, deluxe, slip-cased edition that includes an introduction by Giorgio Armani, himself a connoisseur of 1930s art and architecture.

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Boasting to everyone that his forum would be grander than the Coliseum, Mussolini created the Stadio dei Marmi, or Stadium of Statues, an arena built outside Rome for the 1944 Olympic Games that were postponed by World War II. In FORO ITALICO, for the first time, photographs of the arena's statues are being shown collectively, exquisitely reproduced in a remarkable, deluxe, slip-cased edition which includes an introduction by Giorgio Armani, himself a connoisseur of 1930s art and architecture.

Synopsis:

The sixty eighteen-foot marble Herculean statues, commissioned by Mussolini for the 1944 Olympic games, are available together for the first time in this publication.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781576871690
Essay:
Mott, Geroge
Essay:
Armani, Giorgio
Photographer:
Mott, Geroge
Essay:
Armani, Giorgio
Essay:
Sabatino, Michelangelo
Author:
Armani, Giorgio
Author:
Mott, George
Author:
Ballerini, Luigi
Author:
Sabatino, Michelangelo
Essay:
Sabatino, Michelangelo
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Travel - World/Europe
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
European
Subject:
Nudes & Erotic
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Photography of sculpture
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - World/Europe
Subject:
General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
working paper 9311
Publication Date:
20030501
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
14.11x10.02x1.07 in. 3.15 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Sculpture » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Sculpture » History

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Product details 64 pages powerHouse Books - English 9781576871690 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Boasting to everyone that his forum would be grander than the Coliseum, Mussolini created the Stadio dei Marmi, or Stadium of Statues, an arena built outside Rome for the 1944 Olympic Games that were postponed by World War II. In FORO ITALICO, for the first time, photographs of the arena's statues are being shown collectively, exquisitely reproduced in a remarkable, deluxe, slip-cased edition which includes an introduction by Giorgio Armani, himself a connoisseur of 1930s art and architecture.
"Synopsis" by , The sixty eighteen-foot marble Herculean statues, commissioned by Mussolini for the 1944 Olympic games, are available together for the first time in this publication.
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