Sculptor Giulio Monteverde died on this day in 1917, just five days shy of his 80th birthday. After training in Genoa, Monteverde moved to Rome in 1865 where he spent the rest of his life. A teacher at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Monteverde is known for his Romantic approach to academic principles. After establishing his reputation with works like his marble statue of Christopher Columbus as a youth (1870, Genoa), Monteverde continued to achieve success with monumental portraits like his statues of Benjamin Franklin, Victor Emmanuel II (Rovigo), and Vincenzo Bellini (1893, Catania).
Reference: Valerio Terraroli. “Monteverde, Giulio.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.