What do we know about a sculpture that appears to be a living corpse?
Posted by Fox News on October 19, 2018 12:32:08 The first piece in a new series of “the awakening sculptures” that have been unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, “The Awakening,” is a sculpture by Italian sculptor and artist Andrea Rossi.
It is an 18-foot-tall statue of an unidentified man standing and walking with his hands clasped over his heart and a message carved into the sculpture.
It was designed by Rossi in 1894 and is now on display in the museum’s National Gallery of Art.
“This is a portrait of a man whose heart is still beating, who has not been killed and is yet alive,” the inscription reads.
“But the heart is slowly being drained of its blood, and the soul is slowly dying.
In this, I believe, we can witness a human awakening, and I call this the awakening sculpture,” said Smithsonian National Museum curator Michael Hirsch.
“I think we have an opportunity to awaken this man to the truth that is being kept in us and to begin to find out who he is.”
Rossi died in 1892, the year he created the first sculpture, which is a “living corpse,” according to the museum.
The man’s heart is pierced with a piece of copper.
The heart’s heart has been removed, leaving only a few strands of copper that remain.
“It is the most amazing and unique sculpture I have ever seen,” said Hirsch, adding that it is “absolutely breathtaking” and a “mysterious piece of work.”
The sculpture has been a subject of controversy for some time, with some critics arguing it was designed to be provocative, while others say it was an expression of the artist’s artistic style.
A statue of a naked man in a coffin, the “living body,” is also on display at the museum, but Hirsch said he has never seen a sculpture in which the body of the deceased person has been severed.
“He was very much a human being, he was a real person, a person of real personality, and it’s been an incredible and beautiful experience to be able to view him,” he said.
“That is what I want to show you, this is the beginning of a story that has been in my mind all these years, that has always been a part of my life.
It’s really wonderful to be in a place where you can take a photograph of something that you are looking at, that you have been looking at for so many years, and to be so close to it.
And to see it now in the form of a sculpture.”
Rossi was also a pioneer in the field of painting of women, particularly women with long, flowing hair.
“The awakening sculpture” was created by the artist in 1884 and was exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Modern Art, the museum said.
Rossi died of tuberculosis in 1895 and was buried in a casket.
He was later identified by his friend and fellow artist Giovanni Razzolini, who later went on to create the painting of the “Crown of the Stars,” which depicts the naked woman of the same name, and a naked young boy.