Pietro Consagra
The Unknown Political Prisoner 1952

Artwork details

Pietro Consagra 1920–2005
The Unknown Political Prisoner
Prigioniero politico ignoto
Date 1952
Medium Bronze on marble base
Dimensions Object: 502 x 267 x 286 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Not on display

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This maquette is a unique cast. It was acquired in 1953, directly from the exhibition at the Tate Gallery of a selection of the entries for the international competition 'The Unknown Political Prisoner'. The interlocking spiky limbs refer both to barbed wire and to a man striving to free himself from whatever holds him entrapped. Consagra conceived it as placed in the centre of a square. The monument was intended to have a height of about six metres and a base of one metre.

August 2004

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