(Florence, 1858; Ibid, 1934)

Dante Sodini was born in 1858 in Florence where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti under the guidance of Antonio Bortone, Giuseppe Zocchi and Augusto Rivalta. He was drawn to Naturalism, and was the author of portraits, funerary works and civil monuments. In Venice in 1877 and 1879 he won acclaim with two works entitled «Testa di Vecchio» (Head of an old man), and in Rome in 1883 with the marble piece «Fede» (Faith), which is now preserved in the warehouses of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna of Rome. L’Opera del Duomo di Firenze commissioned four sculptures and two medallions for the church of Santa Maria del Fiore. He showed in London in 1895 and 1904, while in 1908 the Mayor John Knill commissioned a commemorative medal celebrating the IV Olympic Games. In 1889 he took part in the Exposition Universelle in Paris where he was awarded a gold medal, and in 1906 he showed the work «Frangar non» at the Mostra Nazionale di Belle Arti of Milan. Sodini died in Florence in 1934.

Federica Tiripelli