Born in Lecce, Bortone initially studied with Tito Angelini at the Naples Academy before moving to Florence, where he established his practice until his death in 1938. In Tuscany, Bortone came under the influence of Giovanni Dupré. His Ideal statues include Il Gladiatore, Ippocrate, La Carità Religiosa, and Fanfulla da Lodi. Bortone had a long and active career executing a large number of monuments throughout Italy. The present bust is a fine example of the sculptor's skill at carving different surface textures.