The sculptures of Adolfo Wildt in Milan

Adolfo Wildt, La casa del sonno, Monumento Bistoletti 1927, Monumental Cemetery, Milan

On weekends, the center of Milan is emptied of most of its inhabitants. When I’m in the city, I like to walk along the semi-deserted, quiet streets and visit the sculptures of the great Symbolist artist Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931) scattered in various, more or less hidden places in Milan. I go to admire the particular bronze Ear of Casa Sola-Busca in Via Serbelloni, the marvelous Vittoria alata placed at the end of the lobby of Palazzo Berri-Meregalli in Via Cappuccini and the Madre adottiva installed in a private courtyard in Viale Bianca Maria.

Adolfo Wildt a Milano
Adolfo Wildt, Madre adottiva (Adoptive Mother), private courtyard in Viale Bianca Maria 23, Milan

In the gardens of the GAM, in Via Palestro, is the beautiful Fontana della vita (Trilogia), while in the foyer of the Scala, the bust of Arturo Toscanini. I end my walk passing the Brera Academy, where Wildt studied and later taught, to reach the Monumental Cemetery, a beautiful, melancholic, quiet place. Here visitors can appreciate various monuments created by the artist including La casa del sonno, the tomb of Ulrico Hoepli, the Chierichetti Tomb and the Et ultra group of the Körner Tomb, with two lifeless bodies swearing their eternal love.

Adolfo Wildt a Milano
Adolfo Wildt, Arturo Toscanini, 1929, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

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