La Forza Roman sculpture
Friday 05 November 2010
The Art of Carving looks at this beautiful sculpture found on Rome's Vittoriano monument
This wonderful sculpture, entitled La Forza (strength) is the work of Italian artist Augusto Rivalta (1837-1925), who was asked to contribute his talents towards the making of giant monument in the heart of Italy.
The Vittoriano, or Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (to give it its correct name) stands loud and proud in the Italian city of Rome, close to the Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill. It was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885 to commemorate Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, and measures 135m wide (443ft) and 70m high (230ft). With its classical feel in style and build, it is also a symbol of linking the ancient aspects of the city with a more modern and current way of life.
The monument, inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935, is constructed from white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features many interesting and varied sculptures from reputable artists of the time, including Rivalta's La Forza. Also found on this remarkable monument are grand staircases, Corinthian columns, fountains, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The monument is not without a certain amount of controversy due to its size, splendour, and glaringly white tone. Its busy, stacked structure has earned it the nickname of the "wedding cake" and "typewriter", but continues to be one of Rome's major tourist attractions. It houses exhibition rooms and a museum depicting the unification of Rome, a cafe and glass lift which takes you to a viewing platform with unrivalled views of the capital city.