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Dora Ohlfsen with the plaster cast of 'Sacrifice', the central figure of her 1926 Formia war memorial, Italy

circa 1925


Artist

Unknown

Italy


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Rome Italy


Date

circa 1925


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

copy print of a silver gelatin photograph


Dimensions

17.5 x 10.5 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC366.1.4


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

33


Place

Where the work was made
Rome

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


"Memorial for Italy", 11 Dec 1923. illus.

"Statua raffigurante il sacrificio eroico", 27 Jan 1924, p.6. illus.