“Il-Ballerina” a sculpture by Anton Agius seems to be attracting a lot of interest and bidding for this item is already evident. “Il-Ballerina” is a bronze sculpture, 39 cms in height (Two jpgs attached) and has been donated for this year’s Id-Dar tal-Providenza Auction by Anton’s wife, Ms Mary-Louise Agius.
Anton Agius, a veteran sculptor from Rabat who belonged to a generation of artists that has practically fizzled out, passed away in October 2008 at the age of 74. His memory will live on through his public commissions, his countless works of art, and through the artists and art lovers he inspired. Anton Agius was well versed in a number of genres and media, such as bronze, concrete, stone, ceramics, lino-printing and wood. He has sculpted many public monuments, such as the Workers’ Memorial Monument in Msida, the Freedom Monument in Vittoriosa, the Dun Mikiel Xerri and Compatriots, Sette Giugno and the Manuel Dimech monuments, all in Valletta, as well as the bust of Mabel Strickland at the lobby of Strickland House in Valletta, to mention a few.
The annual Art Auction, supported by Obelisk Auctions, is part of the Feast of Generosity in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The auction will be held online at www.dtpauction.com. This year, well over sixty local artists have donated one or more pieces of art to be auctioned off. After being exhibited at the Wignacourt Museum in Rabat, on January 1st these artworks will be displayed at Id-Dar tal-Providenza when there will also be the possibility to bid by phone or by visiting in person the Home in Siggiewi. One can view a catalogue on www.dtpauction.com