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Sweet Indolence, 1964

bronze, granite, 22.87 х 22.87 х 7.62 сm

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The sculpture’s title, “Sweet Indolence”, refers to the famous Italian catchphrase Dolce far niente, often interpreted and used in literature and painting to symbolise calm, carefree pastime and relaxation. Interestingly, Mirtala tried to solve this expression through a sculptural form, where, in her characteristic manner, she added symbolism and a philosophical interpretation to this plot. The stylised figure, which merges with the branches of the tree, creating a single integral composition enclosed in a conventional circle, leads us to think that Dolce far niente can also be interpreted as a time of meditation, reflection and introspection.