“Through photography and sculpture I went back to being interested in other people, to trying to understand the world, the way we live and the problems we have to face every day”
She was born in Subiaco, near Rome, on 4th July 1927, the daughter of Giovanni Lollobrigida (1897-1977), a wealthy furniture maker who lost all his property after an Anglo-American bombing, and Giuseppina Mercuri (1900-1970). In 1944, even before the Allies arrived, the family moves to Rome, and Gina enrolls at the Institute of Fine Arts. Her family is no longer wealthy, so she pays her studies by selling charcoal caricatures and posing in the first photonovels, under the pseudonym of Diana Loris.
She soon becomes popular and internationally acknowledged as the most representative star of Italian cinema. Starting in 1975, she devotes herself mainly to photography and sculpture. During those years, Gina poses for Giacomo Manzù: the sculpture will never be completed by the artist as he himself, unsatisfied, destroys it when the clay model is still incomplete. Gina is fascinated and dismayed by him; she feels something changing in her, an irresistible impulse to fully dedicate herself once again to that first love she had long since suppressed and almost abandoned: sculpture. From that moment on, thanks to Manzù, her biggest dream comes true. Her life changes once more: Gina spends most of her time in Pietrasanta, creating her works first with clay, then with plaster and finally with bronze and marble.
Since 1990, she has fully resumed her sculpturing, which she had left aside to do cinema. She has modeled more than sixty sculptures, some of which in marble. Gina has followed the work in the laboratories and foundries of Pietrasanta step-by-step: from the idea to the preparation, the clay model, the touch-ups to wax and the bronze fusion. She has personally polished the most delicate parts, using mills and sandpapers just like an expert worker, and has gilded with 24-carat gold many of her sculptures dedicated to some of her film characters.
The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from www.cervietti.com