90 x 80 x 60 cm
Bronze edition of 8 + AP
Gladius is the last life-size fragment that I sculpted as a student at the Florence Academy of Art (FAA). It represents the culmination of a three-year academic training. The FAA offers every facility that a young artist could hope for. It is housed in a 19th century customs office transformed into a 35,000 sq ft campus with an abundance of northerly lit studios. Students work exclusively from life in the tradition of the Old Masters. Drawing classes are based upon the nineteenth-century teachings of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, while the sculpture curriculum is derived from texts written by Édouard Lantéri, who taught at the National Art Training School in London (later the Royal College of Art) from 1880-1917.