The present work depicts the model Inge whom Manzù first met while teaching at the Summer Academy in Salzburg in 1954. Inge, a dancer, so impressed the artist that he retained her as a model following his tenure in Salzburg. John Rewald writes of the model's influence on Manzù: "The sight of this young dancer, named Inge, was as exciting and disconcerting to Manzù as had been his previous encounters with Francesca and Signora Lampugnani. He again found himself in the presence of someone who embodied precisely that which he wished to shape and express." (J. Rewald, Giacomo Manzù, Salzburg, 1966, p. 64).