Alessandro Laforêt studied at the Brera Academy in Milan under Francesco Barzaghi and Ambrogio Borghi. Upon his return from a year in Paris, in 1897, he was awarded the Tantardini prize for a marble entitled La cucitrice
, which would become his most famous work. In 1902, Laforêt's sketch for a monument to Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste was chosen amongst the 76 competition entries and this fine model is most probably a sketch for the monument, which has stood in Piazza San Giovanni, Trieste, since 1906.
F. Franco, 'Alessandro Laforet', Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Rome, 2004, vol. 63