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Cesare Fantacchiotti
1844 - 1922
ITALIAN
L'INCAUTA (GIRL REMOVING A THORN FROM HER FINGER)
signed and dated: Cesare Fantacchiotti / Scultore / Firenze 1870 and entitled: L'INCAUTA 
white marble
119cm., 46 7/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

The Florentine Cesare Fantacchiotti was the son of Odoardo, an established sculptor. Rather than attending the academy for a formal education, he received all his training directly from his father. After his father's death in 1877, he inherited his studio. Speaking fluent English, most of Fantacchiotti's commissions were from private clients, including British and American. His naturalistic and detailed work found great favour amongst his contemporaries. He was president of the sculpture department of the Academy of Fine Art in Florence from 1887. After his death in 1922, he bequeathed his studio to his pupil Donatello Gabrielli, who continued his master's style and worked with Fantacchiotti's original models. 

The present marble shows great skill in the superbly intricate carving of the flowers around the base and the hem of the dress. The young girl, carefully studying her finger where she is trying to remove a thorn, frowns in concentration. With the present marble, Fantacchiotti has followed in his father's footsteps, who specialised in sculptures of young children. The delicacy and serenity in the present sculpture may indicate Cesare's own preference for genre sculpture of the highest quality. 

RELATED LITERATURE
L. Bernini, 'Cesare Fantacchiotti', in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Volume 44, Rome, 1994; A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, vol. 1, p. 362

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