Giuseppe Bessi was an Italian sculptor who was born in Volterra, Italy in 1857. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where his professors included the sculptor Augusto Rivalta. After graduating, he returned to Volterra in 1872 and established a workshop where he specialized in statues and busts of alabaster, marble, and onyx. He also worked in bronze.
Bessi is considered one of the most important representatives of Italian salon sculpture. His works combine the forms of neoclassicism and Art Nouveau. He was also a skilled portraitist, and his busts of famous figures such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Joan of Arc, and Dante Alighieri are highly regarded.
Bessi's works are exhibited in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan
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