(b. 1777, Savignano, d. 1850, Firenze)

Trust in God

Marble, height 93 cm
Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan

Bartolini would often attempt symbolic religious themes. The most notable of these is Trust in God, which the artist intended as a personification of faith. The nudity of the adolescent figure was meant to represent the human soul placing its trust in the Lord, but much of the sculpture's appeal doubtless stems from its undertone of eroticism.

The statue was commissioned from Bartolini by Rosa Trivulzio Poldi Pezzoli. It was an immediate success, highly praised by critics.

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