|The Piazza, Pietrasanta|
Having enjoyed over a week of the beautiful Pietrasanta Piazza being free of obstructions, I took a seat in my favourite bar, looked up and found that a gigantic 16 foot bronze statue was obscuring my view of Sant' Agostino. I breathed a sigh of resignation and thought “What now?”
It turned out to be a monumental sculpture of the moment when French footballer Zidane head-butted an Italian opponent because he was taunting him. The sculptor is Adel Abdessemed, a conceptual artist who lives and works in Paris.
|Samson Slaying a Philistine|
The subject of violence is certainly not new in art.
There is a large marble sculpture by Giambologna (John from Bologna) called Samson Slaying a Philistine. Samson apparently was taunted by the philistines so he set about slaying a few thousand of them with an ass's jawbone.
It was commissioned in about 1562, by Francesco de Medici for a fountain in Florence, and later it was gifted to Spain. Then in 1623 it was given to the Prince of Wales, later to become King Charles I, while he was in Spain negotiating a marriage contract, and it soon became the most famous Italian sculpture in England and is now the centre piece of the sculpture collection in the V&A Museum in London.
The sculpture is a perfect example of 3 dimensional form that offers no front and back views, but continually shifting lines and forms that change as you circle it. View it as many times as you like - it will always surprise you.
|Another work by Adel Abdessemed|
Where is the Samson and his jaw bone today, when you need him?