Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
The Tuscan sculptor and painter, recognizable by the elonged shapes, based on African and Oceanian art.
At a young age Modigliani went to the marble-quarries in Carrara to learn the skills of sculpting. Later, he became fascinated by the traditional sculptures of Africa and Oceania. These influences are instantly recognisable in this head carved from stone. It is a sanctuary portrait, its shape determined by the perfect vertical lines. It has a mediative and sacred appearance and in this respect it has links with Modigliani’s Hebrew background.