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Bugatti - Rembrandt

The fourth legend is dedicated to Rembrandt Bugatti. He was Ettore's brother and the third child in a predominantly artistic family, which is why he was so named. Indeed their father, Carlo Bugatti wasn't a painter but a furniture designer. By and large, it was actually more Ettore, who was atypical, than Rembrandt.

Rembrandt was a sculptor of a special kind. Apart from one single, late exception, he produced exclusively animals. His sculptures were created near to his models, thus e.g., in zoological gardens, after he had studied the animals thoroughly. Although his particular leaning was towards the big cats, whose movements he tried to capture and depict, it wasn't only the movements but more the typical posture.

The radiator ornament of the Royale, an elephant standing on its hind legs, stretching it's trunk upwards, came from him. Although he was younger than Ettore, Rembrandt became famous in his own field earlier than Ettore did, indeed, in the course of time, he also left his family. They could thus do nothing to prevent him from committing suicide in 1916, probably because of depression and being impoverished. 08/14

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