Prof. Bruno Innocenti

THE TASK

It was 1957 when Count Stefano Rivetti di Val Cervo entrusted Bruno Innocenti, professor of sculpture at the Istituto d’Arte of Florence, with the task of making a great statue for Maratea. The sculptor began his first visits to the beautiful little town on the Tyrrhenian coast of Basilicata, in order to carry out investigations in situ, and to conceive and study his Christ.

The first ideas of the statue were worked out by me through studies and sketches made on the spot, and after a careful evaluation of all the characteristics of the location. The integration of such a gigantic work in the landscape, in that particular landscape, was the problem on which my preliminary studies were chiefly focused.

Bruno Innocenti