Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity

ISBN 978-1-84976-391-2

Henry Moore Postcard to Sir Kenneth and Lady Clark c.1952

Moore sent this postcard of the Rondanini Pietà produced by Michelangelo in the last years of his life to Sir Kenneth and Lady Clark from Rome. For Moore this late work was ‘very interesting as showing something which had been finished and then taken up again and top half completely altered – It’s a most moving and tender work’. As a student Moore had actively avoided the work of Michelangelo but later was open in his admiration of the Italian master. It is possible that Moore was partly led to engage with the arts of the Italian Renaissance through the influence of Clark, who had published books on Leonardo da Vinci in 1939 and Piero della Francesca in 1951.

Transcript

[Handwritten:]
c/o American Academy: Rome 10-X-52
We’re very lucky to catch this Michael Angelo Pieta on temporary exhibition at the Borghese before it goes to Milan – I expect you’ve seen it – I never had – For me it’s very interesting as showing something which had been finished then taken up again and the top half completely altered – It’s a most moving and tender work and makes the Bernini’s near it look vulgar trash.
Love from both of us to you both
Henry
Sir Kenneth and Lady Clark
Upper Terrace House
Hampstead
London N.W.3
INGHILTERRA.

How to cite

Henry Moore, Postcard to Sir Kenneth and Lady Clark, c.1952, in Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Research Publication, 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/henry-moore/henry-moore-postcard-to-sir-kenneth-and-lady-clark-r1145507, accessed 21 April 2019.