Antonio Giovanni Lanzirotti (1839-1911) “Faune At Faunesse” Pair Of Terracotta Busts


Antonio Giovanni Lanzirotti (1839-1911), “Faune et Faunesse”, pair of small hand-made terracotta busts signed Lanzirotti on the back.

Antonio Giovanni Lanzirotti, born in Palermo on May 9, 1839 and died on February 28, 1911, is an Italian sculptor who worked in France and Italy. He fought for the independence of Sicily, then of Italy. And was with Auguste Clésinger the director of the photosculpture workshops of the Société Générale de Photosculpture de France.
Antonio Giovanni Lanzirotti was born in Palermo, where he completed his studies. He then went to Paris, where he was a student of Joseph Michel Ange Pollet.
His first sculpted work was the Education of Bacchus, exhibited at the 1855 Universal Exhibition in Paris. In 1858-1859, he presented to the prefect of the Seine the outline of a project for an “allegorical group in honor of H.M. Emperor Napoleon III, and which could be placed between the gardens of the courtyard of the new Louvre ( place Napoléon).
In 1863, he was called to Turin, where King Victor-Emmanuel II ordered the statues of Count Verde and Duke Victor-Amédée I. He sent the statues of La Pensierosa (The Thinker5) and La Schiava grisea (The Greek Slave) to Paris. The first now decorates a niche on the ground floor of the north wing of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre Museum. And the second is part of the collections of the Jules-Chéret Museum of Fine Arts, in Nice.
In 1860, Lanzirotti joined Giuseppe Garibaldi’s movement, and was taken prisoner at Cap Corse. He was imprisoned for two months in Gaete, then returned to Paris. There, he sculpted: Amore punito (Love punished); La Danza (The Dance); the mausoleum of Count Tyzhieviez, and a bather that he exhibited at the Salon. He also sculpted Il Piacere (Pleasure) and La Follia (Madness).
He also created numerous busts and portraits, including those of Cassagnac, Émile de Girardin, Doctor Armand Trousseau, Beaumarchais, and King Umberto I of Italy.
In 1867 he was the director of the photosculpture workshops of the Société Générale de Photosculpture de France, alongside Auguste Clésinger.
Lanzirotti was honored by numerous academies, and received the insignia of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus and the insignia of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. He was also inducted into the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Lanzirotti is a sculptor of the highest level; great portraitist, his way of sculpting, so precise in detail, is almost photographic.

These small hand-crafted busts leave you speechless with the beauty of their features and their unique expressiveness. The faun looks at the viewer mockingly, showing his tongue, while the faunness laughs heartily.
Very good state of conservation. Both signed on the back “Lanzirotti”.

H cm 25
W cm 17
D cm 11

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