- LUCIANO MINGUZZI PAINTER
Luciano Minguzzi, known sculptor It is Italian engraver, was born in Bologna in 1911. Raised under the artistic influence of his father Armando, also a sculptor, he developed a passion for art and began his training at theAcademy of Fine Arts from Bologna. There, he studies engraving with George Morandi and sculpture with Hercules Three, and attends art history classes by Roberto Longhi at the University.
Thanks to a scholarship, Luciano Minguzzi has the opportunity to stay in Paris and London, exhibiting for the first time in 1933. His works are well received, and at the 1943 Roman Quadrennial, he wins his first prize. Other notable awards include theAngelic of 1946 and first place ex aequo at the 1950 Biennale.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Luciano Minguzzi created the Monument to the Partisan and the Partisan for his hometown. This work, located near Porta Lame, commemorates an epic battle between Nazi-fascists and partisans which took place in 1944. Made with cast bronze from an equestrian statue of Benito Mussolini, the monument represents two young men, one of whom is armed, in a moment of great naturalness.
During the 1950s, he developed a more dramatic and expressionist style, producing a series of sculptures inspired by concentration camp prisoners and anonymous victims of war. In 1953, he obtained the third prize in the competition for the Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner organized by the Tate Gallery in London.
In 1950, he won a competition for the creation of the fifth door of the Milan Cathedral, a project that he completed in 1965. In 1962, he participated in the exhibition Sculptures in the city, organized by Giovanni Carandente in the context of the V Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. For the event, he presents a 1958 iron and bronze sculpture entitled Not four. An important assignment comes in 1970 when he was entrusted with the construction of the Bring good and evil of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, a project to which he devoted seven years of intense and passionate work.
In addition to sculpture, Luciano Minguzzi is also dedicated to the art of medals, creating for example the 500 lire San Marino silver coin from 1974. In 2012, on the occasion of the centenary of the artist's birth, it was set up in Bologna a posthumous anthological exhibition in his honor at the Fondazione del Monte. Luciano Minguzzi died in Milan in 2004, and today rests in the family tomb in the Piratello cemetery in Imola. Luciano Minguzzi's art continues to be celebrated for his powerful expression of humanity and his profound sensitivity to the human condition.
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