REF NO : B77331

Silverio Martinoli

‘Mamma ce n’è una sola’ – An Important Statuary Marble Figural Group

Italy, Dated 1874

£85,000

An Important Lifesize Statuary Marble Figural Group of a Mother and Her Two Children, Entitled 'Mamma ce n'è una sola' (You only have one mother), By...

Dimensions

Height: 225 cm (89 in)
Weight: 610 kg
REF NO : B77331

Description

An Important Lifesize Statuary Marble Figural Group of a Mother and Her Two Children, Entitled ‘Mamma ce n’è una sola’ (You only have one mother), By Silverio Martinoli (Italain, 1830-1913).

Signed ‘MARTIONLI F.CT 1874’ and titled ‘Mamma ce ne una sola’.

Italy, Dated 1874.

Martinoli belonged to the verismo school and was well-known for his genre subjects, of which this marble is an excellent example, demonstrating not only his extraordinary technical skill but also his ability to imbue an everyday subject with grace and tenderness. The sculptor’s masterful deep undercutting of the stool and footstool creates an impression of lightness in the large marble group; the folds of drapery, falling from the mother’s shoulder, contribute to the sense of informality. Martinoli has captured a tender and intimate moment in which the mother shifts her focus from her book to her two children, caressing the toddler’s curly head while nursing the baby.

This large and tenderly modelled group was exhibited at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1878. It is described as:  ‘A young mother sitting, with her baby clinging to her breast, bends over to kiss a little boy proud of his soldier’s cap. It is a lively and original group.’ (L’Esposizione di Parigi del 1878 illustrata, L’Arte Italiana, La Pittura e la Scultura, Milano, 1878, p. 738).

Exhibited
National Exhibition, Naples, 1877.
Exposition universelle, Paris, 1878.

Dimensions
The marble:
Height : 125 cm | 49 inches
Width : 98 cm | 39 inches
Depth : 55 cm | 22 inches
Weight : 610 kg | 1344 lbs

The pedestal:
Height : 100 cm | 39 inches
Width : 104 cm | 41 inches
Depth : 66 cm | 26 inches
Weight : 100 kg | 225 lbs

Height overall: 225 cm | 89 inches
Weight overall: 710 kg | 1565 lbs

Date

Dated 1874

Origin

Italy

Medium

White Marble

Signature

Signed 'MARTIONLI F.CT 1874' and titled 'Mamma ce ne una sola'.

Silverio Martinoli

Silverio Martinoli (1830 – 1913) was born in Bedero Valcuvia in Lombardy. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and as a pupil of Lorenzo Vela and worked in Turin with Odoardo Tabacchi. His ability to model marble, in particular, soon earned him recognition and admiration, establishing his reputation at the 1855 Paris Exposition universelle and garnering native and international commissions.

Throughout his career, Martinoli was renowned for his ability to capture the human essence through his sculptures, often characterised by a striking realism and a deep emotional expressiveness. His works ranged from portraits to allegorical figures, from commemorative monuments to architectural decorations, demonstrating a versatility and mastery that made him one of the most appreciated sculptors of his time.

Like his most famous work, ‘Mamma ce n’è una sola’ (‘You only have one mother’), the subjects of his other documented sculptures are drawn from the domestic realm, and bear suitably romantic titles, such as ‘L’onomastico della mamma’ (‘In His Mother’s Eye’), ‘La Sposa’ (‘The Bride’) and ‘Il vero amico’ (‘The True Friend’). In 1871 Martinoli created a monument to the Frejus Railway tunnel which joins France with Italy. He became mayor of his native town of Bedero Valcuvia where his work can be seen in the parish church of St. Ilario of Poitiers. He also executed public commissions for the cities of Nice, Milan and Varese.

Literature:
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani, Turin, 2003, p. 572

 

Provenance

Exhibited:
National Exhibition, Naples, 1877.
Exposition universelle, Paris, 187

 

Literature

A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani, Turin, 2003, p. 572

L’Esposizione di Parigi del 1878 illustrata, L’Arte Italiana, La Pittura e la Scultura, Milano, 1878, p. 738.

 

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