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Francesco Messina

Full name: Francesco Messina
Gender: Male
Born: December 15, 1900 in Linguaglossa, Catania, Italy
Died: September 13, 1995 in Milano, Milano, Italy
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Art Competitions

Biography

As a young artist, Italian sculptor Francesco Messina was an excellent draftsman, and found an early affinity for the human form. He studied in Genoa and then moved to Milano. He soon began to sculpt in clay (terra cotta) and other media. In the 1930s, his sculptures were exhibited throughout Europe in group shows of Italian artists. In 1932, he moved to Milano, and was soon appointed a tenured professor at the Brera Art Academy. One of his best known works is the Dying Horse at the entrance to the Italian public broadcaster RAI in Rome. His daughter Paola also became a sculptor.

Messina’s association with the Fascist Party (he was a long-time member) during World War II may have been a simple question of opportunism, since it facilitated his receiving public appointments and public commissions. His association was sufficient to bring about a brief post-war suspension as director of the Brera Academy. His art was rarely political, but after World War II occasionally dealt with themes like war and violence. Messina was little known outside Italy, though his commissioned works can still be seen in a number of countries, and he sometimes exhibited internationally.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Sculpturing, Unknown Event Italy ITA AC
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Mixed Sculpturing, Unknown Event Italy ITA AC

Mixed Sculpturing, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Italy Final Standings AC Pugile abbattuto
1936 Summer 35 Berlin Art Competitions Italy Final Standings AC Marciatore
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