Leonardo Bistolfi

1859 - 1933  Italian Sculptor
An Italian sculptor, an important exponent of Italian Symbolism. In 1876 he enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, where his teacher was Giosue Argenti. In 1880 he studied under Odoardo Tabacchi at the Accademia Albertina in Turin. His first works Le lavandaie The Washerwomen, Tramonto Sunset, Vespero Evening, Boaro Cattle-hand, Gli amanti The Lovers, executed between 1880 and 1885, show the influence of the Milanese Scapigliatura. In 1882 he sculpted L'Angelo della morte The Angel of Death for the Brayda tomb in the Turin cemetery known as the Cimitero Monumentale, and in 1883 he produced a bust of the painter Antonio Fontanesi for the Accademia Albertina: these works show a turn towards Symbolism which the artist was never to abandon.

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