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Moment's MonumentMedardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture$
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Sharon Hecker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294486

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294486.001.0001

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Internationalism and Experimentation

Internationalism and Experimentation

(p.87) 4 Internationalism and Experimentation
Moment's Monument

Sharon Hecker

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes Medardo Rosso's career in Italy in light of the shifting political climate in the mid- to late 1880s. His increasingly internationalist viewpoint had political and cultural implications that illuminate his career choices as well as the disoriented and fragmented historical moment in Italy and its complex relationship to France. His work was criticized at home during a decade of growing tensions caused by Italy's fragile democratic system and the nationalism of the ruling class and its supporters. This was a delicate time politically, soon after Italy had joined the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria–Hungary, and imposed trade wars against France. Rosso's early alertness to European prospects resonates with the political currents of progressive democratic internationalism that developed in Italy during the 1880s.

Keywords:   Medardo Rosso, internationalist, Italy, France, democratic system, ruling class, Triple Aliance

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