Lot 99: PASQUALE ROMANELLI (1812-1887)

A.B. Levy's

October 27, 2016
Palm Beach, FL, US

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Description: Property of a Palm Beach Gentleman PASQUALE ROMANELLI (1812-1887) An Italian white marble group The Virgin, with two children signed: Prof. P. Romanelli Florence Firenzi 61cm., 24 in. Catalogue NoteThe Florentine sculptor Pasquale Romanelli achieved an international reputation for his finely carved mythological and biblical marble figures. Romanelli began his training at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence under Luigi Pampaloni but was soon taught by the foremost Tuscan neoclassical sculptor, Lorenzo Bartolini. Finding Bartolini's favour, he went on to become his collaborator and, upon the master's death in 1850, the successor of his studio. Romanelli’s mythological and allegorical compositions were highly prized by a cosmopolitan clientele, and he exhibited select models in Paris. In addition to collectors' marbles, Romanelli executed numerous important commissions for monuments, such as those to Vittorio Fossombroni in Arezzo, Masi in Pavia, and Demidoff in Florence. After Romanelli's death in 1887, his son Raffaello and grandson Romano continued his legacy which lives on to the present day; the Romanelli studio, now a museum, remains a rare survival in Florence.RELATED LITERATUREA. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli scultori italiani dell’ottocento e del primo novecento, vol. 2, Borgaro, 2003, p. 781
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