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 Leonardo Bistolfi

 

 

Leonardo Bistolfi       

(b Casale Monferrato, 15 March 1859; d Turin, 2 Sept 1933).

Italian sculptor, painter and writer. The leading Art Nouveau sculptor in Italy, he was the son of Giovanni Bistolfi, a wood-carver. Bistolfi first studied (1876–9) at the Accademia di Brera, Milan, under Giosué Argenti (1819–1901), transferring to the Accademia Albertina, Turin, in 1880 for more advanced work under Odoardo Tabacchi. In 1881 Bistolfi received a commission for the Braida family tomb (Turin cemetery), for which he carved the marble figure the Angel of Death, a commission enabling him to open his own studio. During the 1880s Bistolfi worked mainly on small bronze groups, in which he sought to communicate sentiments that had hitherto been expressed only in painting. Like the artists of I Scapigliati, he depicted literary subjects, such as his bronze Washerwomen (Italian priv. col.), inspired by Emile Zola’s novel L’Assommoir (1877). While influenced by Impressionism and by such artists as Daniele Ranzoni, Tranquillo Cremona and Giuseppe Grandi, Bistolfi produced his Lovers (1884; Casale Monferrato, Mus. Civ.), Rain (Rome, Pal. Braschi) and Twilight (1892; Turin, Gal. Civ. A. Mod.), the last of which is characterized by a certain brutal realism. In 1888 he entered the competition for a monument to Garibaldi to be erected in Milan. Although he did not win, his model was cast in bronze by the Associazione degli Artisti Milanesi and donated to the city (Milan, Castello Sforzesco).

 

 


La Primavera Italica

 

 


The 1925 war memorial at Casale Monferrato

 

 


La Bellezza Liberata dalla Materia, for a monument to Giovanni Segantini
Museo Civico, Casale Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy

 

 


La Bellezza Liberata dalla Materia

 

 


La Bellezza Liberata dalla Materia, for a monument to Giovanni Segantini
Museo Civico, Casale Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy

 

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

Chapel 16, Sacro Monte, Varallo, Piedmont, Italy

1892-1895

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

 

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

 

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

 

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

 

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

 

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

 

 


Christ on the Road to Calvary

 

 


The Marriage of Death

 

 


Model for a memorial to Professor Ugo Rabbeno
Museo Civico, Casale Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy

 

 


La Resurrezione

 

 


Model of La Resurrezione for the tomb of Hermann Bauer in the Staglieno Cemetery

 

 


Model for the gravestone of Capitano D. Paolella, for Turin Cemetery (untraced)
Museo Civico, Casale Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy

 

 


Genitori or Il Dolore for the monument to the Toscanini family

 

 


Monument to the Toscanini family

 

 


Pansa Family Monument
Cuneo Cemetery, Piedmont, Italy

 

 


Sketch model for the tomb of Angelo Giorello in Montevideo Cemetery

 

 


La Croce

 

 


Monumento ai caduti di Correggio

 

 


Monumento ai caduti di Correggio

 

 


Il monumento Hofmann

 

 


Il monumento Hofmann

 

 


La Bellezza liberata dalla Materia

 

 


Monumento funerario per il conte Emanuele Cacherano di Bricherasio.
Cripta della Cappella Bricherasio a Fubine, Alessandria, Italia

 

 


Monumento funerario per il conte Emanuele Cacherano di Bricherasio.
Cripta della Cappella Bricherasio a Fubine, Alessandria, Italia

 

 


Cripta della Cappella Bricherasio a Fubine, Alessandria, Italia

 

 


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