Monument for the founders of the Institute “Little Sisters of the Holy Family”
With the order of the “Little Sisters of the Holy Family” starts a long and fruitful partnership from 1984 to 2006.
The bronze monument for the house of Castelletto sul Garda, represents the act of Foundation of the Institute by the Blessed G. Nascimbeni and M. Mantovani.
The priest Giuseppe Nascimbeni (left), inspired by the Holy Family (top), proposes the idea of the new Institute (the charism, on the bottom center) to the young Maria Domenica Mantovani (right), who embraces the new message and puts effort into its realization.
The composition opens and closes with the Holy Family in a circular counterclockwise motion.
Detail of the face of Maria Domenica Mantovani: her gaze vibrates, and she is active and projected forward with determination. She is directly linked to the Holy Family (in the background) and this connection emphasizes her personal devotion.
Monument in mahogany wood for the house of Morbio (Switzerland). Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni offers and proposes the Holy Family as an example to follow; the Blessed Maria Mantovani supports blessed Nascimbeni, embraces the new message and puts effort into its realization.
They are two “athletes of God” and they pass to each other the baton in the relay race to help for the needy.
Before the realization of the monuments of Castelletto sul Garda and Morbio, a statue of the founder Giuseppe Nascimbeni was commissioned in 1990 to celebrate the process for his beatification.
The father welcomes; his body and his arms are wide, he is there, at the entrance of the house of Castelletto sul Garda, every day, for each of his sisters who “comes home” so that they never feel alone and they can always find the main and real sense of his teaching.
The collaboration with the order of the “Little Sisters of the Holy Family” also led to the birth of other works, in addition to those described: two wooden statues depicting the founder Blessed Nascimbeni; a terracotta bust of Maria Domenica Mantovani; 3 medals dedicated to the beatification of the two founders and to the centenary.