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Pompeo Marchesi (born Saltriomarker, near Milanmarker, 7 August, 1790; died Milan, 6 February, 1858) was a Lombard sculptor of the neoclassical school.

He first studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Breramarker in Milan, and then in 1804 he won a scholarship to study in Rome under Canova, from whom he received much encouragement. The greater part of his life was spent in Milan, where for many years he was professor of sculpture at the Academy. He executed a large number of groups in marble and portrait busts. One of his earliest works was a colossal statue of St. Ambrose, patron of the city, for the duomomarker. For the Arco della Pace (commemorative arch now in the Parco Sempione), completed in 1838, he made various reliefs including of Terpsichore and Venus Urania, and of the rivers Adige and Tagliamento. He decorated the fa├žade of the Castello with twelve figures of great Italian captains, and that of the Palazzo Saporiti with reliefs in modern classic style. One of his best-known compositions is the group of the "Mater Dolorosa", in the church of San Carlo, at which he worked for many years.

Works outside of Milan are the colossal statue of Charles Emmanuel III in Novaramarker; that of Philibert Emanuel of Savoy in Turinmarker; the sitting figure of Goethe for the library in Frankfurtmarker; two statues of the Emperor Francis I of Austria, one made with the assistance of Manfredoni, for Goritz, and another, unassisted, for the Hofburgmarker in Vienna. He also executed the monument to Volta in Comomarker; the monument of the singer Maria Malibran; others to Beccaria and Bellini and a bust of Professor Zuccala for the Atheneum of Bergamomarker. There is a portrait of him by Francesco Hayez in the Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan.

Sources

  • Boccardo, Nuova Enciclopedia Italiana, XIII (Turin, 1882);
  • Baedeker, Guide Book for Italy (New York, 1904).



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