The extraordinary power and beauty of Cavallo lie in the careful rendering of its surface, showing the artist's almost painterly attention to finish. Inspired like most Italian artists by antiquity, Marini was drawn not to the refinement of Hellenistic sculpture, but to the rougher, more energetic expression of the Archaic period in Greece and Etruscan sculpture in Italy. Among 20th century sculptors, Marini was one of the most actively involved in the finishing of his pieces before they left the foundry, often applying various surface marks and paint to his bronzes. A stunning example of Marini's involvement in hand-chiseling and painting a sculpture, Cavallo exhibits a variety of surface treatments, from smooth and polished to rough and chiseled, that invests the work with an immediacy and versatile quality rarely achieved in this medium.
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