At A Glance
Artist Albino Manca was a professor of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome
Manca exhibited this bronze sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1965
The tiger wears a defiant snarl and is posed in a defensive position
The artist, Sardinian-born Albino Manca, chose to represent this fierce and commanding cat posed in a defensive position, perhaps warding off its main predator and enemy – man. Albino Manca was a professor of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and lived most of his career in New York.
He exhibited this bronze sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1965, where it was purchased by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) in 1966 and installed at ground level in a natural setting. The tiger wears a defiant snarl; the natural rock of the base and the hedges surrounding the sculpture reinforce the image of a wild beast cornered in its lair.
Adapted from Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992).
This artwork is part of the Along Kelly Drive tour