Williamson Art Gallery: Starkers with Davy and Kristin McGuire

Pauline - photo by Graham Smillie

Sunday 1 November- Sunday 22 November 2015

Starkers with Davy and Kristin McGuire

Newly commissioned site specific piece – Starkers from Davy and Kristin McGuire with work reflecting themes within the Williamson art gallery collections.

Pauline takes centre stage from being present in the background through so much comings and goings in the gallery over the years

Giulio Tadolini (1849–1918) was an Academic-trained Italian sculptor, who was born and died in Rome, where he passed his career in the family atelier, which he inherited from his father Scipione Tadolini (1822-92), who in turn was the son of Adamo Tadolini, Antonio Canova’s favourite apprentice.

Aside from his numerous portrait busts and memorial sculpture for private persons, he executed sculpture for three famous public monuments, the monument to Victor Emmanuel II in Perugia (1890) and for the funeral monuments of Umberto I of Italy (1900, Pantheon), and of Pope Leo XIII (1907, St John Lateran, illustration), in which Baroque conventions of gesture and iconography in polychome and white marbles are combined with theatrical realism and bravura renditions of the textures of flesh and textiles.

Pauline is a tribute to Antonio Canova’s “Pauline Borghese Bonaparte” depicted as Venus. The marble was a gift on the 25th of April 1942 from a Miss Jane Walne of Belvedere Road (we think either in Liverpool of Wallasey).

Apart from the background of Pauline, you will have to wait and see what intrigued the McGuires about the marble statue.

Pauline - Photo by Graham Smillie
Pauline – Photo by Graham Smillie