Amedeo Modigliani Head Sculptures Unveiling
LIVORNO, ITALY - MAY 10: One of the three heads known as Testa Beta (Head Beta) that it is belived to be attributed to Amedeo Modigliani is displayed in a bank vault on May 10, 2016 in Livorno, Italy.
The artist Amedeo Modigliani around 1909 he carved in Livorno, his hometown, 5 heads and before leaving for Paris leaves them in custody to an acquaintance the merchant known as 'Solicchio' having to release his studio in via Gherardi del Testa. The young child Piero Carboni in the in the 1930s sees them and is impressed. During World War II in 1943 Piero found 3 of 5 heads in the midst of the rubble of the destroyed house and saved, along with a chest containing some books with glosses of handwriting held by Modigliani. He works as a panel beater throughout his life and holds and exposes these three heads in his bodywork in Livorno those three heads until his death (1998). Today they are kept in a vault. The niece, Maurizio Bellandi, wrote the book ' Amedeo Modigliani. The stumbling blocks. The story of the real heads of Modigliani ', which follows through his grandfather's diary the whole story and contains all the documents and recent appraisals. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)