The Belgian Academy present Torso, Opus 4, nr. 2, an exhibition of works by young sculptor Athar Jaber.
Growing up in Florence to Iraqi parents, Jaber was keenly aware of the suffering of his relations in Iraq during the Gulf War whose disturbing images he viewed on television as a child. By contrast Florence was a haven of Renaissance palaces and masterpieces.
As a result his mutilated sculptures offer a sort of beautiful battleground between classicism and the horrors of war.
Founded in 1939, the Belgian Academy in Rome celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.