Debarbieri Memorial, 1918

Work has begun March 13, 2017 on Luigi Brizzolara’s dynamic Art Nouveau masterpiece.

  • Debarbieri Memorial sculpted by Luigi Brizzolara

    Debarbieri Memorial sculpted by Luigi Brizzolara

  • Debarbieri Memorial sculpted by Luigi Brizzolara

    Debarbieri Memorial sculpted by Luigi Brizzolara

  • Debarbieri Memorial sculpted by Luigi Brizzolara

    Debarbieri Memorial sculpted by Luigi Brizzolara

  • The Debarbieri memorial

    The Debarbieri memorial

    The morning sun strikes the Debarbieri memorial, revealing the dramatic energy of this sculpture.
  • Preparing for the restoration

    Preparing for the restoration

    March 13, 2017- scaffolding goes up so that the restorers can begin work. Award winning filmmaker Jeroen Pool has come to Genoa from Stockholm to begin filming a documentary that will include our restoration work.

Luigi Brizzolara’s Debarbieri Pozzo memorial from 1918 is a dramatic Art Nouveau work, influenced by the sculpture of Rodin and Bistolfi.

The woman’s gown swirls around her as if in the midst of a cyclone, and rises up to mix with smoke as it surrounds the bust of the deceased Alfredo. Heavy layers of dirt encrust the work, obscuring it, so it is very hard not just to discern the details but even to appreciate the overall composition. With a proper restoration this piece will come alive, and the artists full dramatic intent will again be revealed.

Brizzolara is known for his blend of realism and organic naturalism in dramatic, flowing sculptures. His earlier works tended more towards realism, and later in his career he moved into the Liberty (Italian Art Nouveau) and Symbolist styles.

Flanking this monumental work are two smaller gems, the 1891 Maina memorial sculpted by Lorenzo Orengo and Giovanni Battista Villa’s 1882 memorial to Luigi Bodoana. We plan to sponsor restoration of both of those, completing this beautiful tableau.

 

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