signed and dated: F. Barzaghi / Milano / 1870
Overall the condition of the marble is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The tip of the belt has been reattached, as has the tip of the tool in the boys hand. There are some naturally occurring inclusions, in particular to the boys neck and jawline. There is minor veining, in particular to the proper right foot and to the proper left hip. The marble appears to have been recently cleaned, particular dirt remains in the crevices. The surface is slightly rough in areas, including to the leaves on the rocky base, and there is some possible light weathering. There are a few dirt marks.
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Francesco Barzaghi was a key sculptor in the Scapigliatura movement in Milan. He was ambitious and prolific, contributing in as many international exhibitions as possible, always to great acclaim. Barzaghi studied at the Accademia di Brera before working on the project for the Duomo of Milan, where he was employed in carving saints. He is well-known for his numerous monuments such as his Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in Lodi. Having built an international reputation, Barzaghi was given a post as professor at the Accademia di Brera in 1880 and continued to teach there until his death in 1892.
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, vol. I, p. 76; http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/francesco-barzaghi_(Dizionario-Biografico)/ [accessed 03 November 2019]