Marino Marini (27 February 1901 – 6 August 1980) was an Italian sculptor. He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence in 1917. Although he never abandoned painting, Marini devoted himself primarily to sculpture from about 1922. From this time his work was influenced by Etruscan art and the sculpture of Arturo Martini. Marini succeeded Martini as professor at the Scuola d’Arte di Villa Reale in Monza, near Milan, in 1929, a position he retained until 1940.
He developed several themes in sculpture: equestrian, Pomonas (nudes), portraits, and circus figures. Marini is particularly famous for his series of stylised equestrian statues, which feature a man with outstretched arms on a horse. This theme first appeared in 1936, as poised and formal figures. In 1940, the forms became more abstract, proportions changed. After the War, the horses are posed standing straining, and a rider with outstretched arms.