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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