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The Kathredal - Mother Symbolically Represented

1935 Achilles G. Rizzoli Born: Point Reyes, California 1896 Died: San Francisco, California 1981 ink on paper sheet and image: 33 3/4 × 22 in. (85.7 × 55.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Bonnie and Sy Grossman, Berkeley, CA, and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © The Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2015.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing


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Achilles G. Rizzoli lived his entire life in San Francisco, working as a draftsman in an architectural office for more than forty years. He was devoted to his own art, particularly an extensive series of architectural renderings of a utopian city in which he portrayed people, most significantly his mother, as buildings. The Kathredal: Mother Symbolically Represented is an architectural personification of his mother’s essential attributes: strength, beauty, and spiritual perfection. The YTTE (Yield to Total Elation) plans are also symbolic representations of people but adopt a floor plan format. The YTTE drawings often explore ideas of his father, who disappeared when Rizzoli was nineteen.

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Architecture Exterior - religious - church

drawing

folk art

ink

paper - wove paper

About Achilles G. Rizzoli

Born: Point Reyes, California 1896 Died: San Francisco, California 1981

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