The Sound of Bronze

A sculpture by Anna Chromý

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science..." - Albert Einstein

Činžovní dům (Nové Město), Praha 1, Senovážné nám. 1985/11, Nové MěstoWe love this photograph, taken by Doug's son Jeremy in 2008 during a family visit to Prague at the Senovážné Námesti. It is part of group of sculptures known as Czech Musicians, installed in 2002.

Born in Bohemia (Czech Republic) in 1940, Anna Chromý was raised in Austria, lives in France and works in Italy. At the end of World War II, Anna Chromý's family moved from Bohemia to Vienna, Austria. Her family did not have enough money for her to attend art school however, so only after she married and moved to Paris was it possible. She received her education at the École des Beaux-Arts. It was here she realized an interest in Salvador Dalí and other surrealists, and began using the soft colors of William Turner in her paintings.

Anna Chromý has studios in Pietrasanta, Tuscany where she also has her bronze foundries, Fonderia Artistica Mariani and Massimo Del Chiaro. For her marble sculptures she works at the studio of Massimo Galleni in Pietrasanta. In Carrara, she sculpts at Studio Michelangelo of Franko Barattini.

Chromý's best-known piece is the empty coat, known as The Cloak of Conscience, Piétà or Commendatore, located in Salzburg, Austria, Prague, Athens and elsewhere. Chromý has transformed The Cloak into a chapel over four meters high, carved out of a block of white marble weighing 250 tons in the Cave Michelangelo in Carrara.

Learn more about Anna at www.annachromy.com.

Photo © Jeremy Cox
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