Gustinus Ambrosi was born near Vienna on February 24th, 1893. Ambrosi was a very accomplished musician, playing both the piano and violin until he became deaf from meningitis at the age of 7. At thirteen Ambrosi was apprenticed to a tradesman as his family was poor (although he was related through his father to Italian renaissance nobility. He studied at the Acadamy of Fine Arts in the evenings and traveled widely in order to study art works by masters in Berlin, Amsterdam and Switzerland. Ambrosi's first sculpture (created at the age of 16) is " Man with the Broken Neck", depicting his emotional impression of a terrible accident he had witnessed. Ambrosi observed his models' facial musculature very closely as they moved and spoke with him, considering that the visage of each person reflected their inner character. At 20 he had completed portaits of both Arnold Böcklin and Constantin Meunier. He received widespread attention for his work and was awarded both the National Prize for Sculpture and the Felix von Weingartner Prize in 1912. His first public exhibition was in Vienna in 1916, and then he exhibited again at the Vienna Secession in 1918 and at the state museum in 1923. By the age of 33 he had completed a huge number of works, well over 250, many treating Biblical and Greek mythological subjects such as "The Creation of Adam:, " Abel and Cain", "Icarus", "Prometheus", "Genius and Idea", " The Evil Conscience", "Eve After the Fall" , "Orpheus and Eurydice" and " Spring". In France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, and Austria, Ambrosi was commisioned to create various portrait busts of Paul Painlevé, Georges Clemenceau, Aristide Briand, Admiral Horthy de Nagybánya , Pope Pius XI, Benito Mussolini, Friedriche Nietzsche, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, Richard Strauss, August Strindberg, Gerhard Hauptmann, and Otto Wagner. Ambrosi was assigned an official studio by Ministerial decree in Prater Park, where he worked for several decades. During WWII Ambrosi was forced to work for the Nazis as a stonemason ( where he sabotaged all the works he was assigned). At one point in he was maintaining studios in Vienna, Roma, Paris, London and Brussels. In addition to his over 3000 works as a sculptor, Ambrosi published several volumes of poems in German, including sonnets to God, to Michelangelo, Beethoven, Shakespeare and Savonarola. On July 2nd, 1975, Ambrosi commited suicide in despair over what he preceived as his failing mental and physical health. Various works by the sculptor are on exhibit at the Augarten Contemporary ( part of the famous Belvedere Palace museums)- Gustinus Ambrosi Museum, in existence since 1978. The Ambrosi museum is located in the former studio of Gustinus Ambrosi in Augarten Park in Leopoldstadt, Vienna at Scherzergasse 1a, A-1020, Wien.

Ref: Deaf persons in the arts and sciences: a biographical dictionary By Harry G. Lang, Bonnie Meath-Lang
Gustinus Ambrosi (Austrian 1893-1975) "Ecstasy" Highly important first cast signed and dated 1919 by this Viennese master. Sculpture of a nude girl in a state of pleasure and arousal.The plaster of this sculpture can clearly be seen in a photo of the artists studio (image supplied on request).Superb lost wax cast with a lot of hand finishing on the textured surface.
Dimensions: Total height 20 inches by 14 inches in width by 9 inches in depth. (The figure if standing would be approximately 26 inches tall.)
Marble base alone 6 inches in height by 8 inches in width and depth