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The Evil Eye

Enrico Donati, American (born Italy), 1909 - 2008

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Painted plaster, acrylic sheet, copper wire, mirrors, glass

9 3/4 × 11 3/8 × 7 inches (24.8 × 28.9 × 17.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Adele Donati, 2011

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Enrico Donati created The Evil Eye for the exhibition Surrealism in 1947, which marked the movement’s Paris homecoming following World War II. Conceived around the theme of the New Myth, the exhibition was designed to evoke the stages of a ceremonial initiation rite. It opened with the Hall of Superstitions, where the visitor was meant to confront and cast off his or her deepest fears. There, this spooky sculpture, inspired by the insidious evil eye talisman, was hung high up on a wall lined with dark turquoise cloth. Donati also showed his painting Carnival of Venice (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2002-87-1).