Colombo's Memorial

Carlo Cerati1914

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

We know from a letter that Cerati did not want to reduce the size of the complex, since he meant that the sculpture, representing a naked man, hopelessly collected in himself, had the same weight as the high plate above it. The title of the statue is precisely Desperation, in white Carrara marble veined with pink. The background marble depicts Jacob's dream, an episode taken from the Genesis in which the coming advent of a Messiah is prophesied. The monument is certainly one of the most interesting works of the place. In all evidence, the reference is to the famous Thinker of Auguste Rodin, who in turn drew this image from the impressive Door of Hell that he had created since 1880.

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  • Title: Colombo's Memorial
  • Creator: Carlo Cerati
  • Date Created: 1914