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Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)

Morte sulla terra II

Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
Morte sulla terra II
stamped with signature and foundry mark 'Manzu NFMM' (lower right)
bronze relief with brown patina
35¾ x 25¼ in. (90.8 x 64.2 cm.)
Cast in 1963; unique
Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York (acquired from the artist).
Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 14 May 1980, lot 183. Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
New York, Paul Rosenberg & Co., The Bronze Reliefs for the Door of Saint Peter's Sculpture, and Paintings, Drawings by Giacomo Manzù, December 1965-January 1966, no. 18, p. 17 (clay model illustrated, p. 37).
New York, Paul Rosenberg & Co., Recent Work by Giacomo Manzù, March-April, 1968, p. 49 no. 28, (illustrated, p. 16).
New York, Paul Rosenberg & Co., Manzù Bronze Reliefs, April-May 1969, no. 8.
New York, Paul Rosenberg & Co., Sculpture of Giacomo Manzù, 1975, no. 6 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

The present bronze relief is a study for Morte sulla terra, a panel of the Porta della morte of Saint Peter's Basilica. The final version of this door was installed in the Basilica in June of 1964. Porta della morte is one of the three doors executed by Manzù who was a great force in reviving the tradition of creating sculptural doors for eclesiastical buildings.

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