Spectacular Bronze Figure of Il Duce (Benito Mussolini)
Spectacular Bronze Figure of Il Duce (Benito Mussolini) (Item BRONZEMET 4-11; IFAS 4-27; Special Items)
|DESCRIPTION: This is not only a fantastic likeness of the Fascist dictator, but is a superior piece of ultrarealistic art in its own right, as well. To bring about a true image of a human subject in a painting is challenging indeed, especially in realism, but to create a subject in woodcarving or clay and bring out the character and nature of the person portrayed is a very lofty achievement, indeed. Remember, a finished bronze creation begins with a handmade (carved) template before it's cast, and therein lies the difference between a pleasing, noble masterpiece like this one, and a contemporary nightmare piece of degenerate trash (Picasso). The sculptor R. Panacea certainly breathed life into the man, Benito Mussolini. It was Il Duce that said: "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep." He certainly lived by this quote and the artist Panacea brings this out in a vibrant, powerful way. Il Duce’s facial features clearly demonstrate the arrogant yet noble aspirations of this later-day Caesar.
The Bronze Statue
The sculpture is in solid bronze and stands 20 inches high and measures 9˝ inches wide from elbow to elbow. The sculpture weighs 25 pounds. It 's mounted on a slab of beautiful Italian marble (what else?). The figure shows the ribbons and medals, and the flyer's badge. The patches and epaulettes that are seen are indicative of his special office of Il Duce (Supreme Fascist Leader). If there is another one of these in a private collection or in a museum anywhere, we would like to hear of it because we know where this one has been for the past 40-50 years. It is a very special art object and a museum worthy of possession; a one-of-a-kind treasure—extraordinaire!!!