Professore Rossi Italian, second half 19th century
- signed: Profre Rossi and inscribed: Galleria Bazzanti Firenze and with illegible inscriptions on the necklace
- white marble, on a verde antico marble column
- figure: 110cm., 43 5/8 in.
column: 99cm., 39in.
However, although the present figure of Ruth is very closely related to the Romanelli model, the figure shows some deviations: the drapery and hair are slightly different, the figure wears a beaded necklace, and her pose seems slightly more provocative. In this way, the figure is reminiscent of a figure of an Odalisque by Antonio Rossetti (b. 1819), sold in these rooms on 16 December 2015, lot 29.
The Old Testament figure Ruth was greatly romanticised during the 19th century. Shown with sheaves in both hands, Ruth is here depicted in the act of gleaning, the sculptor's attention to detail clearly visible in the highly realistic carving of the wheat and Ruth's garments and headdress. Considering the combination of motifs from both Romanelli's and Rosetti's work, and the inscription of the Galleria Bazzanti, it may be presumed that the sculptor of the present marble was a Florentine active in the second half of the 19th century, who had a particular affinity for genre sculpture.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli scultori Italiani dell'ottocento e del primo novecento, Turin, 2003, pp. 781-2, 785.