Scudela and an Alpino - Museo Pietro Canonica

Sculptures by Pietro Canonica displayed as a “Monument to the Humble Mule and Alpino”  

Pietro Canonica was an Italian sculptor, painter and composer who died in 1959. He lived the last 20 years of his life in the Villa Borghese under an agreement where he would donate all of his works to the city of Rome on his death. A fire devastated the villa in 1919, and it was abandoned. Pietro and his wife repaired the building, decorating the living quarters in a sophisticated, eccentric style that remains today, much as they left it.

As an artist, Pietro Canonica was prolific. Technically skilled in pen, paint, stone and metal, he worked in the ground floor studio, which remains intact. He had an abiding interest in music, working as a composer as well as a visual artist.

The bronze mule – named Scudela – was created in the 1940s and donated to the Alpini Regiment. The heroic figure of the Alpino soldier was cast in the 1950s when they were displayed together for the first time in front of the Museo Pietro Canonica.

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