Sculptor Marino Marini was born in Pistoia in Italy. He lived in Florence from 1926 to 1929, before moving to Monza where he taught sculpture at the art school until 1940. After the war Marini settled in Milan, where he lived for the rest of his life, though he travelled widely in Europe. Marini worked primarily in bronze, and his work is strongly indebted to classical Greek, Etruscan and Roman sources. His favourite themes were the female nude, portrait busts and horse and rider sculptures. From 1948 Marini also painted colourful, semi-abstract paintings.