Saturday, July 25, 2009


One of the beautiful sculptures on exhibit at the new American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is this marble sculpture of an idealized female nude called FRAGILINA (1923) by Attilio Piccirilli (1866-1945).
From the caption:
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, "every 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."

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