Giuseppe Bessi Figurative Sculpture - Meditazione
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Giuseppe Bessi

Circa: 1880


An original carved marble and alabaster sculpture bust attributed to Italian artist Giuseppe Bessi (1857-1922) titled "Meditazione (Meditation)", c. 1880. No visible signature. Height: 9.25". Width: 9.5". Depth: 5". Excellent condition. Giuseppe Bessi (1857 in Volterra - 1922) Was an Italian sculptor. Bessi studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. In 1879 he founded his own workshop in Volterra and mainly made busts and statues made of alabaster , marble and onyx marble . He also created some bronze statues and statuettes . He was one of the most important representatives of Italian salon sculpture. In his works, he combined forms of neoclassicism and art nouveau . Bessi was director of the Volterra School of Art from 1891 to 1910 and taught there until his death. This facility is considered the world's only art school for alabaster art. It was founded, since close to Volterra natural alabaster has been mined and processed since at least the sixth century before Christ. The alabaster works by Bessi were exhibited at the world exhibitions in Paris , Turin and St. Louis . His works have been marketed internationally with great commercial success. The sculptures were also delivered to America and were part of numerous private collections, which the exhibits have provided partly museums. At the beginning of the 20th century, Bessi's sculptures were much sought after and replicas were often made. Subsequent work bore the signature " Studio Prof. G. Bessi" . In addition to sculptures, Bessi also designed items such as alabaster and onyx chess pieces and lamps. Important museums now have works by Bessi, including the St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum. The largest collection of his works is to be found in the Museum of Volterra, the Ecomuseo dell'Alabastro .In recognition of his achievements, a street was named after him in Florence.


  • Artist
    Giuseppe Bessi (1857 - 1922, Italian)
  • Creation Year
    Circa: 1880
  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    H 9.25 in. x W 9.5 in. x D 5 in.H 23.5 cm x W 24.13 cm x D 12.7 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Somerset, VA
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