Art: Endurance

Marino Marini is a tall, bland Milanese with mild brown eyes and a sculptor's muscular hands. Two years ago his works were little known outside of Italy; now, at 49, he is internationally admired. The exhibition of his works which opened in a Manhattan gallery last week was sure to shock some people and deeply move oth ers. It showed that he had earned his belated fame the hard way, with sculptures that were often downright unpleasant.

His major pieces had been partly in spired, said Marini, by the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome's Pi azza del Campidoglio. But there...

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