We are very excited to announce that we will be placing Habemus Hominem, Jago’s shirtless statue of Pope Benedict XVI in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome following its sale in shares.
Next week at Paratissima in Turin, Feral Horses will be launching the sale of Jago’s iconic sculpture, Habemus Hominem. Following the fair, Feral users will be able to buy shares on our online platform. The sale of this artwork will enable it to be placed on public display for six months within the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj from January 2019.
About Jago and Habemus Hominem
Jacapo Cardillo, known as Jago, is an Italian sculptor we have been working with at Feral Horses from the very beginning which makes us so proud of this success. His works take a modern approach to the tradition of marble sculpture that is embedded in the history of Italian art.
With over 320k followers on social media, Jago transcends institutional success in the art world and is bringing his incredible talent to a wide audience.
His artwork in the spotlight, Habemus Hominem, was originally commissioned by the Vatican in 2009 and in 2011 was selected for the Italian Padiglion of the 54th Venice Biennale. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned, Jago decided to “de-robe” his sculpture and reveal the man behind the Pope facade. This is where we see the title Habemus Hominem, meaning “We have a Man”, really come to life.
More about Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj was established in 1651 and is home to one of the largest remaining privately owned art collections in Italy, representing a large segment of art history.
The collection holds many hugely important works of art from some of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance. One of the central works in the collection is Diego Velazquez’s Portrait of Innocent X from 1650 (below). Having Jago’s sculpture Pope Benedict XVI in the same collection as such an important Papal artwork makes us even more pleased to announce this collaboration!
The great success of enabling the placement of Jago’s sculpture among these artworks embodies our mission; to facilitate of movement of artworks from private to public ownership. We could not think of a more fitting place for a sculpture of Pope Benedict XVI than amongst a collection of some of the most important works in the canon of art history. It seems as if Jago, an artist who has made clear his aim to be the next Michelangelo, may just be living up to his dream!