Polychrome Metope

Accession Number

Polychrome Metope

Sergio De Giusti

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
paint on fired clay

18 1/2 in x 10 in x 6 in (46.99 cm x 25.4 cm x 15.24 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of H. David Zucca

Subject matter
Thought in three-dimensions, the subject of Polychrome Metope speaks to de Giusti's larger body of work, often working in relief. He places his work in dialogue with a larger tradition of modern sculptors working in relief, notably the Italians Giacomo Manzù and Emilio Greco. Like many of his works, this sculpture makes references back to the history of art, showing the artist's interest in the imagery of Italian Early-Modern period as well as the ancient Mediterranean. Works like this bring together his modern aesthetics and historical references to create a fractured image of the human condition. The figure's body is fragmented and bound, in a struggle to break free from its constraints. This work was created as part of a larger group of reliefs that he created as a Visiting Artist in Florida, and also speaks to a larger theme of bound figures found throughout many of his sculptures.

Physical Description
A tabletop sculpture of a large structure and a man at the corner. The man is nude from the chest to his legs but his face and feet are wrapped in cloth. The whole sculpture is painted with red, black-brown and gold, with strong and visible brush marks. The artists's signature is chiseled into the two corner of the sculpture with the date "S di Giusti / 80".

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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men (male humans)
nudes (representations)
reliefs (sculptures)
series (groups)

2 Related Resources

PAST - Rainbow of Ceramics 
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )

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