“I come from a progeny of craftsmen. At the age of 10, I used to help my father with the furniture carving, drawing and moulding puppets”. It is with these words that the sculptor Pericle Fazzini remembers his childhood spent in Grottammare, where he was born on 4th May 1913. At the age of 16 he moved to Rome: it is from that moment on that the lucky experience of the artist started, marked out by a prolific exhibition activity through the most important museums in the world.
Many years later, before dying, in 1987, the sculptor often came back to Grottammare, the place of his own roots, the space of a deep happy life, in close contact to nature.
Fazzini’s itineraries let us get closer to his eventful career through some significant stages, as the sculptures Boy with seagulls, Metamorphosis, Portrait of Mario Rivosecchi, Via Crucis in the Church of S. Agostino, placed along an ideal itinerary which passes by the beach and the ancient buildings.
It is also possible to admire a collection of Fazzini’s works in the exhibition rooms of the Torrione della Battaglia (Battle Tower i.e. a defensive bulwark of the ancient walls of XVI century) among which we remember the bronze model of the Resurrection, the magnificent artist’s testament which enlights the Vaticans Nervi Hall.
BATTLE TOWER MUSEUM
In the rooms of the Battle Tower bronze models, drawings, litographies, notebooks and other precious objects are displayed. They were given by Pericle Fazzini to his favourite model Lisa Schneider: a collection of 250 works, bought by the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio of Ascoli Piceno, testifying both the complex workshop and the well-organized inspiration of the sculptor of the wind”.