Happy Birthday Marino Marini!! Italian artist, born today in 1901, Marino Marini originally studied to be a painter but then by 1922 became primarily a sculptor. His work shows Etruscan influences and he was associated with artists Arturo Martini, Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Giacometti, among others. After traveling to Paris, Switzerland and Rome, in 1940 Marini settled in Milan where he was professor of sculpture at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. He is best known for his life sized, stylised horses with riders’ arms outstretched or thrown above.