Alfredo Battistini pays homage to his idol Michelangelo here.
The sculpture, emblematic of that familiar scene in theSistine chapel, represents the creation of Adam with stunning effect.
Battistini’s focus and admiration for human strength isapparent in this magnificent structure, as superb muscular detailing denotesthe divine power of God.
The sculpture was first unveiled in the Museo Michelangelo’sin Caprese Michelangelo - Michelangelo’s place of birth.
Alfredo Battistini’s Christian iconography, ‘La Luce’ is standing in a portentous and sinister pose that’s filled withpower.
The clever position of his hands, which are designed to holdburning candles, is representative of the fiery chaos of the underworld.
Battistini has paid great attention to the sculpture’sphysical shape, crafting an exceptionally well-toned body.
The muscular detailing is emblematic of the artist’sfixation on human strength and physical condition.
Mondo Elefanti was sculpted by Battistini, in memory forfellow Swiss artist and elephant trainer, Rolf Knie.
This beautiful sculpture is representative of the colossalsize and strength of the elephant, accentuated by the animals’ comparativeproportion to the sphere.
Cast in bronze, this original’s masterful detailingadmirably captures the texture of the animal’s hallmark trunk and tusks.
Alfredo Battistini was born in Uznach, Switzerland on 8 August 1953. His parents Alearda di Traglia and Alfredo Battistini originated from San Piero in Bagno and Sarsina in the Romagna, Italy.
On 26 December 1971 he boxed in the support fight to Muhammad Ali’s match with Juergen Blin at the Hallenstadion in Zurich. He became Swiss Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1976. As a disabled athlete he later won five World Championships, two European Championships and twenty five Swiss weightlifting titles. He won three bronze medals at 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul and 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona. He won gold and silver medals at the World Championships in Stoke Mandeville, England and Sydney, Australia. His record performance was a lift of two hundred and twenty kilos.
His first apprenticeship was as a bricklayer. In 1976 he moved to Paris to work as an assistant to the fashion photographer Lothar Schmid. He also completed a qualification as a stonemason in Rapperswil, his Swiss hometown. He also took an apprenticeship as a sports masseur to study human anatomy. He went on to work for Hans Joerg Limbach, studying as the distinguished sculptor's sole student.
In 1979, he won a place at the Art Academy in Paris. On 27 May of that year, he was paralyzed in a car accident and was restricted to a wheel chair thereafter. He overcame this setback to devote himself to his art and sport, the later an important part of his rehabilitation. A philanthropist with a strong sense of justice for the weak and disadvantaged, in 2004 he received an award for his achievements at The Paraplegic Centre in Switzerland as Paraplegic of the Year.
His love and passion was art and sculpting. He began his early works after a year long study trip through Chile including visits to the Art College in Santiago. In 1983, with the support of Guido A. Zaech, he presented his first exhibition in Bottmingen near Basle. Those works show the inspiration he derived from both Hans Joerg Limbach and Auguste Rodin, and above all the master, Michelangelo himself. His sculptures and choice of material, bronze and marble, reveal his iron will coupled with both sensitivity and vulnerability. His achievement is recognised by many public and sporting works including a piece in honour of the Circus Knie at the entrance to Rapperswil or the trophy for the Stuttgart Open Tennis Championship which was received by Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Thomas Muster and Petr Korda. Alfredo Battistini died unexpectedly on 17 March 2008 due to heart failure in his home town St. Gallenkappel at the peak of his career. He was only 54 years old.
In 2009 Alfredo Battistini's sculpture "La Creazione", an homage to Michelangelo's creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, was installed in the "Museo Michelangiolesco". This museum is located next to the master's birthplace in the town of Caprese Michelangelo, Tuscany. Michelangelo Buonarroti was born there on 6 March 1475.