Vittorio Caradossi was born in Florence and studied sculpture under Augusto Rivalta at the Accademia di Belle Arti. His genre epitomizes fin-de-siècle
Tuscan sculpture. Technically superb, most of his oeuvre
is dominated by highly-decorative groups and single nude figures in various symbolic or allegorical guises. In works such as Tre Nereidi
(Three Mermaids), Il Fumo che sale verso le Nubi (Smoke Sweeping up to the Clouds),
and the present lot Shooting Stars,
Caradossi was clearly catering to a strong demand from an international clientele for elaborate and sensual compositions.
The two sinuous intertwined nude females spiraling towards the stars, carved from a single block of marble, heighten Caradossi's technical virtuosity.