By Alexis Culotta

Sculptor Davide Calandra died 8 September in 1915 in Turin, his hometown. Born in 1858, Calandra studied art during his time at the Accademia Albertina under sculptors Odoardo Tabacchi and debuted some of his earliest works as Turin’s Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1880. 

With a rapid ascent to artistic success, Calandra enjoyed a series of prominent commissions over the remaining years of his career, including a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Parma (1889) and an equestrian monument to Amedeo di Savoia in Turin (1893-1902). In addition to his artistic commissions, Calandra devoted his attentions during the early 20th century to the founding of the journal, L’arte decorative moderna, which celebrated innovative approaches to art, architecture and design. 

Source: Rossana Bossaglia, “CALANDRA, Davide.” Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. 16 (1973). 

Photo of the Artist. Property of the Comune di Murello. 

Equestrian Monument to Amedeo di Savoia, the Duke of Aosta (1845-1890), 1893-1902, Parco del Valentino, Turin.

Monument to Bartolomé Mitre, completed posthumously, 1927. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Minvera Medica1893; gilded bronze. Galleria d’Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi, Piacenza

Minerva Medica, c. 1893; silver. Commissioned by the Duke of Aosta for Professor Pescarolo; current location undocumented. (Image from Emporium, no. 89, May 1902). 

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