Moretti’s oeuvre includes religious works and monuments in both bronze and marble; however Il cacciatore africano remains his best-known work. In style and subject matter, this impressive and unusually large-scale bronze is far removed from Moretti’s neoclassical training. Instead, the romanticised realism of the scene relates closely to French ethnographic genre sculpture. Accompanied by his faithful dog on one side, and threatened by a rampant lion on the other, Moretti’s African hunter is poised to shoot at a beast in the distance, his face bearing an intense look of concentration.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo dizionario degli scultori italiani, Turin, 2003, p. 590; fig. 1264
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