Aristide Fontana was active in Carrara in the second half of the 19th century, and was known for his romantic classical style, often inspired by Canova. After 1880, he exhibited in London several times, and is thought to have lived there for a time. The present group, although in most aspects directly mirroring the Canova model, shows Fontana's preference for a more clean, simplified style, especially in the carving of the hair of the figures.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, pp. 197-198, fig. 382 and p. 370
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