Lina Arpesani: an Italian sculptor at the Royal Academy Burlington House

Lina Arpesani (Milan, 1888 - 1974) is one of the most notable sculptors of the Twentieth century, recognised and awarded abroad with the appointment of an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy, Burlington House in London and a gold Medal awarded by the international jury at the Triennale, in 1935.
From the post-scapigliata expressiveness it soon switches to symbolist language, to arrive at a very personal interpretation of international decò, enriched by archaic references.
The artist comes from an educated and well-to-do milanese family. From the beginning he preferred sculpture - in marble, plaster, bronze and terracotta - in which he expressed himself with narrative talent and with which he presented himself to the public for the first time in 1909, to the artistic family of Milan.
She could be called a sort of “feminist” artist, in fact she is part of the "Associazione Femminile per l'arte", an association from Milan directed by the Latinist Luisa Anzoletti to promote the artistic activity of women, and in 1914 she joined the board of Directors of the new "Federazione Artistica Femminile Italiana”.

He exhibits at the most important national and international exhibitions, from the Venice Biennale to the I Biennale in Rome, up to the Exposition International in Paris and other solo shows in Liverpool and London.
During the war he shared his studio in Milan with the sculptor Thea Casalbore and experimented with new materials and new subjects. After the war he experimented with the execution of sacred themes and from 1951 he devoted himself to teaching ornamental plastic at the chair of decoration at the Academy of Brera and decorative plastic at The Art Institute of Naples.
To the author is dedicated one of the volumes of the series echoes from the Twentieth Century published by Galleria Studiolo.

Echoes from the Twentieth Century 1, LINA ARPESANI. Catalogue of the exhibition curated by M. Colombo and G. Cribiori. Milan, Galleria Studiolo, from 2 to 13 April 2008-paperback, cm 27x23, 64 color pages.