"Flying Colors" Bald Eagle and Flag Bronze Sculpture by Lorenzo Ghiglieri, 2001

This bronze sculpture by the renowned Lorenzo Ghiglieri is titled Flying Colors. Created in 2001, the bronze features a bald eagle soaring determinedly while clutching the American Flag with its talon. The bronze is wonderfully detailed to show the eagle’s feathers while the flag is glazed to shine below. This colorful and dynamic statue sits atop a solid wood base. Ghiglieri has signed the casting mould, providing his signature and the year the bronze was copyrighted at the bottom left of the flag.

Lorenzo Ghiglieri (1931-2020) had a very long artistic career. Beginning as a teenager, Ghiglieri spent much of his life as an illustrator. During the Korean War and shortly afterwards, the U.S. commissioned work from Ghiglieri as a combat illustrator. He then continued on to advertisement illustration. After an exploration west, Ghiglieri dedicated the rest of his career mainly to sculpting the American West. known for his bald eagles, elk, and other wildlife bronzes, Lorenzo set out to capture natural beauty. His works have been gifted to some of the world’s most influential figures including England’s Queen Elizabeth II, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Luciano Pavarotti, just to name a few.

The bald eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States. The eagle motif has been widely used throughout our nation's history, most notably as part of our Great Seal. The founders of the United States were fond of comparing their new republic with the Roman Republic, in which eagle imagery, usually the golden eagle, was prominent. On June 20, 1782, the Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive branch with its talons. Since then, the eagle has been a continuous symbol of the United States and its values. Ghilieri’s statue is no exception from the symbolic meaning and elegant portrayal of the bald eagle, combining the powerful natural beauty of the bird with the patriotic symbol of freedom and hope.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. No notable damage to bronze. Artist signed and dated in cast mould. One small scratch and one small chip to wooden base, but otherwise no notable damage.

Dimensions: 24" H x 16" W x 12" D



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