Sculptor Costantino Barbella was born on the last day of January in 1852 in Chieti.

By Anne Leader

Sculptor Costantino Barbella was born on the last day of January in 1852 in Chieti, located along the Pescara river about 124 miles east-northeast of Rome. Though he planned to be a businessman, Barbella pursued his passion for sculpture, first by making small clay figurines for Nativity scenes which were sold at his father’s shop. In 1872 he won a scholarship to the Istituto di Belle Arti in Naples, where he studied with Stanislao Lista (1824-1908). He returned to Chieti in 1874 and turned regularly to pastoral themes inspired by peasant life in the Abruzzi. He made numerous terracotta and bronze figurines, whose sentimental themes appealed to a wide audience. He died in Rome in 1925.


Reference: “Barbella, Costantino.“ Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. article/grove/art/T006249>.


Canto d’Amore, ca. 1877, bronze, sold Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, 16 July 2013

Resting Girl, terracotta

Il Tesoro d’Italia, terracotta

Scugnizzo assetato, bronze

La sposa, terracotta

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2 thoughts on “Sculptor Costantino Barbella was born on the last day of January in 1852 in Chieti.

  1. Compliments for your web side . I am the owner of the Costantino Barbella`s sculpture Canto d`Amore sold by Sworders Fine Art Auctioeers and published on your page, I would like to send you some pics of Barbella`s masterpieces, incluted rare carved sculpture last time published in 1934 and in the collection of the italian king Umberto I since 1896. Now also in my collection.
    Best regards,
    Paolo Francesco d`Aloisio

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