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Image of Giacomo Manzú

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Giacomo Manzú


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0048

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Giacomo Manzù (1908–1991) The best-known Italian sculptor of the twentieth century, Manzù won the grand prize for Italian sculpture at the Venice Biennale. He created architectural commissions including doors for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as well as freestanding statuary. This portrait shows Manzù immersed in thought, laying his hands on one of his fifty sculptures of Catholic clerics depicted in their billowing robes as he had seen them as a child. Karsh illuminated his subject with at least three different light sources to capture the quiet drama in Manzù’s sparse studio where the sculptor insisted on being photographed with his sculpture.

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