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Title

Image of the head of the figure of 'Sacrifice' from the Formia war memorial by Dora Ohlfsen

1926

Artist

Dora Ohlfsen

Australia

22 Aug 1869 – 07 Feb 1948

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  • Details

    Date
    1926
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    copy print of a gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    25.5 x 20.5 cm image/sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995.
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    ARC366.1.30
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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    Dora Ohlfsen

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    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Through the patronage of her friend, Duke Fulco Tosti di Valminuta, Dora Ohlfsen was entrusted with the design for a war memorial at the naval base of Formia, near Naples. She began work on the memorial in 1923, and received no payment. The memorial was dedicated on 18 July 1926 in the presence of the Admiral of the Italian fleet, the Archbishop of Gaeta and a number of war veterans.

    The main sculptural element of the memorial - the figure of Sacrifice - is an Italian youth, typified as a vital young soldier leaping forward to offer himself in sacrifice. Ohlfsen intended to evoke in plastic form a verse from Leopardi’s poem ‘To Italy’:

    O my country, the life thou gavest me
    I now return to thee.

    On one side of the large pedestal block supporting this figure is another, female figure. She faces inward, holding a palm of victory in the left hand and a laurel branch in the right, over the names of fallen soldiers from the First World War.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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