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Fragilina

Artist:
Attilio Piccirilli (American (born Italy), Massa Carrara 1866–1945 New York)
Date:
1923
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
48 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 25 in. (123.2 x 39.4 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.113
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700
In addition to his public monuments, Piccirilli carved an uncommissioned series of idealized female nudes. Fragilina is simplified, almost abstract, in form. The head is ovoid, with little articulation in the hair and face, and the eyes appear veiled in stone. According to the sculptor, “[e]very person has his own ideal of beauty stored away in his subconscious mind. When facial characteristics are precisely delineated, the observer is denied the opportunity of personally visualizing his ideal type.”
Signature: [right side of base]: ATTILIO PICCIRILLI/ FECIT MCMXXIII
the artist, 1923–1926; [Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, 1926]
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