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Beautiful Italian sculptor Gina Lollobrigida

Italian sculptor Gina Lollobrigida

Beautiful Italian sculptor Gina Lollobrigida

Beautiful Italian sculptor Gina Lollobrigida
The famous Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, even in the era of her triumphant success in the movie was passionately fond of drawing and sculpture. In her youth, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, but later the talent and beauty have led her to a new way of expression – the cinema. Having achieved great success in the cinema, she finished her film career in the 1990s, and returned to her first love – sculpture.
In her art gallery – dozens of sculptures, life-size in bronze and clay … Meanwhile, the cinema has become a source of inspiration for her sculptural works. Thus, the sculpture is a magical golden mirror of Gina, in which come alive beautiful heroines played by Lollobrigida in the movie: Esmeralda, the Queen of Sheba, and Paolina Borghese …

Esmeralda by Italian sculptor Gina Lollobrigida

The monument to Esmeralda by Italian sculptor Gina Lollobrigida

The sculpture of Esmeralda (made in 2000) appeared in Pietrasanta (Tuscany), in the framework of the exhibition, held from September 20 to November 16, 2008. Near Pietrasanta (“holy stone”) is located quarry, which produces the world famous marble “Statuario”. Here, in Pietrasanta is the workshop of the actress. Besides, Lollobrigida is an honorary citizen of this city.

Personal exhibition of her sculptures took place in Venice, Paris, and had a great success. Besides, she is an honorary member of the Italian, French and Russian Academy of Arts. And for her sculptural composition “Living Together” she received the award “The Legion of Honor”. Exhibition of sculptures of Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida opened in Moscow in 2003, at the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition was held within the framework of the XXV International Moscow Film Festival.

The exhibition presented 38 sculptures in bronze and marble – from the miniature plastic figurines to the monumental composition “Peace for Children”, exhibited at the entrance to the museum. Director of the Pushkin Museum Irina Antonova at a press conference before the opening of the exhibition, said: “The sculpture by Gina Lollobrigida is not a hobby of a famous movie star, not amateur creations, but works of a mature professional sculptor, immensely talented in both – the art of plastic, and the art of cinema.”

However, the actress said that she hadn’t done enough in cinema, much less than she could. “Cinema – very dependent art – from the writer, the director, and in sculpture – just me, my hands and all I want, I can express, asking no one.” – Lollobrigida said at a press conference.

Before returning to her youth arts – sculpture, Lollobrigida tried her hand in photography. The result was five albums, awarded prestigious prizes. Since the beginning of the 90s, almost leaving the cinema, Lollobrigida became seriously engaged in sculpture.

For the sculpture “Living Together” (five-meter composition – child, flying on eagle), to represent Italy at the World Exhibition in Seville in Spain (1992), the actress received the Order of the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. This was followed by other high awards and titles for visual creativity.

The current exhibition has been the first exhibition of the sculptor Gina Lollobrigida. “Today, here in Moscow and I am happy because I love Moscow, been here many times, I have a lot of friends and consider Moscow as my second home.” In Moscow, in addition to the exhibition of sculptures, was held a retrospective of her films, she also took part in a concert in the Russian Culture Fund. In Moscow, the actress arrived with “the whole family” – her son Milko, his wife and favorite grandson Dimitri.

Overall Lollobrigida has created 60 sculptures, and this activity almost completely absorbs the actress. Unlike her glorified cinema, visual arts and solitary work in the workshop allow Lollobrigida “fully express herself” and, in contrast to the films, to be “mistress of the situation.”

Italian sculptor Gina Lollobrigida