Born in Milan, he studied and worked in Rome establishing an
international reputation for his figurative work and ‘fancy’ pieces
in white marble.
A good example of his work is The Nubian Slave, in the
Kibble Palace in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens (c. 1850). The sculpture
was bequeathed to Glasgow Museums by William Colvin, in 1881.
The Nubian Slave is a copy of an earlier work, of 1858,
which is now in a private collection, and features four relief
panels on its pedestal depicting slavery.
The statue and pedestal were cleaned as part of the refurbishment of the Kibble Palace in 2005-7.