LAURA  After Canova
LAURA  After Canova
LAURA  After Canova
LAURA  After Canova
LAURA  After Canova

LAURA After Canova

c. 1822 Rome

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Francesco Righetti the Younger
(b. Rome, 2 March 1805)

Marble bust

Height: 42 cm

The attribution to Francesco Righetti the Younger is based on close stylistic and formal
similarities with an Ideal Head signed and dated by Righetti in 1822 now in the Museo
Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples. The Laura resembles the Naples marble in the shape of the small, oval head, little mouth and straight nose, as well as the treatment of the curls of the hair and the truncation of the bust.

Francesco, who owned his own workshop in Rome at the via del Borghetto 78, had been born into a dynasty of Roman bronziste that had strong links with Canova himself. Francesco II’s grandfather, Francesco I (1749-1819), had cast in bronze Canova’s colossal statue of Napoleon in Paris, while the present Laura demonstrates the great master’s enduring influence on the younger generation. Francesco I’s funerary monument in Santi Ambrogio e Carlo in Rome (1825-1831), which commemorates how he also cast the equestrian statue of Carlo III in Naples, was carved by Francesco II to the designs of his father, Luigi Righetti (1780-1852). Luigi was the proprietor of foundries in Rome and Naples.
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