The Angel of the City | Marino Marini, 1948 / Peggy Guggenheim

Marino Marini, The Angel of the City, 1948


“There was also a Marino Marini, which I bought from him in Milan. I went to borrow one for the
 sculpture show, but ended up by buying the only thing available. It was a statue of a horse and rider,
 the latter with his arms spread way out in ecstasy, and to emphasize this, Marino had added a phallus
 in full erection. But when he had it cast in bronze for me he had the phallus made separately, so that
 it could be screwed in and out at leisure.”

“When the nuns came to be blessed by the Patriarch, who on special holy days, went by my house in
 a motorboat, I detached the phallus of the horseman and hid it in a drawer. I also did this on certain
 days when I had to receive stuffy visitors, but occasionally I forgot, and when confronted with this
 phallus found myself in great embarrassment. The only thing to do in such cases was to ignore it.
In Venice a legend spread that I had several phalluses of different sizes, like spare parts, which I
used on different occasions.”

 Peggy Guggenheim, Confessions of an Art Addict, 1979


Marino Marini, The Angel of the City, 1948
 Marino Marini, The Angel of the City, 1948


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