George MottISBN: 157687169X;
Book DescriptionIntroduction by Giorgio Armani. Essays by Michelangelo Sabatino and Luigi Ballarini. Boasting to everyone that his forum would be grander than the Coliseum, Mussolini created the Stadio dei Marmi, or Stadium of Statues, an arena built outside Rome for the 1944 Olympic Games that were postponed by World War II. Believing a fascist state required the top level of physical fitness, II Duce provided inspiration for his nation in the form of monumental art, commissioning sculptors from all over the country to creat sixty Herculean statues of white marble to be put atop six-foot pedestals surrounding the stadium. The statues, based on figures from Italian war memorials, embodied the glorification of the athlete and the mannered heroism of the soldier. Startingly erotic and poetic, each statue stands twelve feet tall, nude but for the occasional headband or sandals. So blatant was their sexual presence that the statues later provoked furtive attempts at "decency"...
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