Life and works
Following a brief experience as a sailor, on the tracks
of his father who was captain and shipowner, he devoted himself entirely to
the art of sculpturing which inspired him so deeply.
He was pupil of Scanzi,
while attending the "Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti" in Genoa
(the same school where he himself became a teacher). He completed his studies
in Rome and then in Florence, where he spent the years between
1880 and the beginning of the 90s.
He exposed at " Promotrice Genovese" exhibition since 1883
(performing a Rossini Portrait). These are the years of his
orientation towards the "Verismo" movement with a progressive
preference for subjects of social matter. Among his works of the same age
are: "Povero babbo mio
!" (1889), "Pescatorino" (1892, a work then
reproduced and presented as a prize for Promotrice members, earning a
stunning success which led the author to the Chicago World Exhibition in
Around the turn of the century, Prof. V. Lavezzari
increases his funeral production, assuming more and more a symbolist-liberty
style. Milestones of these years are: the Coniugi Repetto grave (1897); from this
complex, the detail The Genius of the Work was first exhibited at
"Promotrice Genovese" in 1896 in its first cast. Once more, a success;
Giacomo Queirolo (1903), in which the
Liberty inspiration is even more evident, shapes are now more stretched,
ornaments are smoother. The plate Maria Molinari Campostano (1906); Pizzorni (1906); De
Scalzi (1909); Canale (1912), Da
Among public works we should mention the War Memorial of Genoa Voltri, the bust of Andrea
Podestà, the Plate Anton Giulio Barrili and the War Memorial
in Ormea (Cuneo).
He testified the Italian art and culture in many foreign countries exhibitions,
in Wien, Munchen, Paris, London
Some of his works were exported to Brazil,
Russia and Argentina.
Cartoon from the artistic and humorous newspaper of
the epoch "Sacripante"; the sculptor is working to maternitY of the repetto grave.
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