Giuseppe Penone

Anatomy 5

1994
As a member of the Italian "Arte Povera" movement, Giuseppe Penone has long been concerned with forging a union between humanity and the elements of nature. While his earlier works focused on the primordial relationship between human beings and the forest, here he explores the anatomical and historical links between humans and stone. Penone created this abstract sculpture by tracing the darker, bluish veins of the marble and removing the stone along the lines. Exposing this geological element of the marble makes its formation over time visible, revealing nature's own rhythmic history, while simultaneously linking its internal structure of veins to the human circulatory system. In the realm inhabited by "Anatomy 5", the lines of Penone's sculpture, the elemental patterns of nature, and the human body, all blur into one.
Title
Anatomy 5
Date
1994
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
marble
Dimensions
157 x 124 x 54.5 cm; base: 50.5 x 100.2 x 99.3 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 2006
Accession number
41850.1-2