Mask Of Pain
La Maschera Della Medusa
The Thread Of Life
Adolfo Wildt (March 1, 1868 - May 12, 1931)
Adolfo did not have a very interesting life. Born and raised in Milan, Italy. He was raised by a poor family of Swiss origin who many generations before had settled in Lombardy. This caused him to quit school at age 9 to begin working. To help his family with money he began working as a hairdresser then as a goldsmith. At age eleven he began his apprenticeship in the workshop of Giuseppe Grandi and he was introduced to working with marble. At age eighteen he became famous for working with marble. In 1888 he became one of the most famous sculptors of the Lombardi era, working for Federico Villa. Wildt continued his studies at Accademia di Belle Arti (School of applied Arts). Adolfo was very passionate about his art. He enjoyed his art so he had gone to school for it also. He worked with many famous sculptors which influenced him more with his art. He had his own courses people could take to learn about art.
Adolfo’s Career first began in 1893. His first work was a portrait of his wife, which was immediately captured by the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. In 1894 he signed a contract with Franz Rose a Prussian Collector for 18 years. With this protection Wildt could immerse himself in his work. He participated in exhibitions held in Milan, Monaco, Zurich, Berlin and Dresden. In 1912 his promoter had died Wildt was still forced to compete in the Art Market. He was awarded the Premio Principe Umberto for his design for the fountain show at The trilogy of Secession of Monaco, then exhibited in the courtyard of the Humane Society in Milan in 1913. He began to regularly attend various international exhibitions. He also held a staff in 1919 at the Galleria Pesaro in Milan. In 1921, 1924 and 1926 he exhibited at the Venice Biennale In 1921 he founded his School in Milan, Marble which then became part...
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