'Venus of the Rags' rises from ashes in Naples after arson attack

Mar 07, 2024 1358

BY: Yara Nardi

An open-air installation of "Venus of the Rags," one of the most famous works by Italian contemporary artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, was unveiled in Naples after a previous version was destroyed in an arson attack last year. The new giant version of the sculpture, of which several other examples are on display in museums around the world, has been installed again in Piazza del Municipio, a historic square in the heart of the southern Italian city.

The new version has however been made of fire-proof material as a precaution. A symbol of the Arte Povera movement, which counts Pistoletto among its leading members, it shows the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and fertility standing next to a pile of rags.

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SOURCE: https://www.reuters.com

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