Amedeo Modigliani Head Sculptures Unveiling

LIVORNO, ITALY - MAY 10: The three heads (L to R) known as Gamma, Alpha, Beta that are believed to be attributed to Amedeo Modigliani are displayed in a bank vault on May 10, 2016 in Livorno, Italy. It is believed that Italian Sculptor Amedeo Modigliani carved 5 head sculptures around 1909 in his hometown of Livorno and that before leaving for Paris he left them in the custody of an acquaintance, the merchant known as 'Solicchio', after having to release his studio in via Gherardi del Testa. As a young child Piero Carboni saw the sculptures in the 1930s and was impressed. During World War II in 1943 Piero found 3 of the 5 heads in the midst of the rubble of the destroyed house and saved them, along with a chest containing some books with glosses of handwriting held by Modigliani. He worked as a panel beater throughout his life and kept hold of the three heads in his bodywork shop in Livorno, until his death in 1998. Today they are kept in a vault. Piero Carboni's niece Maurizio Bellandi, wrote the book 'Amedeo Modigliani. The stumbling blocks. The story of the real heads of Modigliani ', which follows the whole story outlined in her grandfather's diary and contains all the documents and recent appraisals. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
LIVORNO, ITALY - MAY 10: The three heads (L to R) known as Gamma, Alpha, Beta that are believed to be attributed to Amedeo Modigliani are displayed in a bank vault on May 10, 2016 in Livorno, Italy. It is believed that Italian Sculptor Amedeo Modigliani carved 5 head sculptures around 1909 in his hometown of Livorno and that before leaving for Paris he left them in the custody of an acquaintance, the merchant known as 'Solicchio', after having to release his studio in via Gherardi del Testa. As a young child Piero Carboni saw the sculptures in the 1930s and was impressed. During World War II in 1943 Piero found 3 of the 5 heads in the midst of the rubble of the destroyed house and saved them, along with a chest containing some books with glosses of handwriting held by Modigliani. He worked as a panel beater throughout his life and kept hold of the three heads in his bodywork shop in Livorno, until his death in 1998. Today they are kept in a vault. Piero Carboni's niece Maurizio Bellandi, wrote the book 'Amedeo Modigliani. The stumbling blocks. The story of the real heads of Modigliani ', which follows the whole story outlined in her grandfather's diary and contains all the documents and recent appraisals. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
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