On View In:
Gallery 375
Artist:   Alberto Giacometti  
Title:   Diego  
Date:   1962  
Medium:   bronze  
Dimensions:   24 1/2 x 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (62.2 x 26.4 x 19 cm) (without base)  
Credit Line:   Gift of the Sara Lee Corporation  
Location:   Gallery 375  

A remarkable example of Giacometti's late sculpture, this bronze portrait bust of Diego Giacometti, the artist's younger brother and frequent model, was executed as part of a series completed three years before Alberto's death. Diego, a gifted furniture designer, often assisted in the casting of his brother's work. This bust exhibits an expressive power attributable to the fuller forms and more vigorous modeling of Giacometti's later style. Recognizable details such as facial features and clothing also evidence the greater naturalism of this period. In portrait sculpture, one of Giacometti's primary goals was to transfix the viewer by the sitter's gaze; in this instance, he succeeds with poignancy.

Name:   Giacometti, Alberto  
Nationality:   Swiss  
Life Dates:   Swiss, 1900 - 1962  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Edition; Signature; Inscription '4/6 Alberto Giacometti', incised, at bottom edge, PL side; 'Susse Fondeur Paris', incised, at botto  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   head and sketchy armless torso of a man, looking forward, with large nose and ears and wrinkled brow  
Creation Place:   Europe, Switzerland, , ,  
Accession #:   2000.109  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts