Sculptor Camillo Pacetti was born on 2 May 1758 in Rome. Active in Rome as well as Milan, Pacetti worked for a brief period for Josiah Wedgwood, of Wedgwood porcelain fame, in the late 1870s to develop designs for a series of tablets narrating the life of Achilles. Pacetti’s sculpture proved influential for generations of sculptors to come. Some have drawn comparisons, for example, between Pacetti’s La Legge Nuova, completed for the façade of the Duomo of Milan around 1810, and French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s Liberty Enlightening the World, better known as the Statue of Liberty, gifted to United States in 1880.
Discovery of Achilles, c. 1788; jasper with green dip and applied reliefs. Victoria & Albert Museum.
The New Law (La Legge Nuova), 1810, Duomo of Milan (photo courtesy of the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano; duomopatrons.org).
Allegory of Peace, c. 1810-1820; terra cotta. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.