"Bust In Marble 1900 Signed Giuseppe Bessi"Sculpture in bust with female figure in white marble of carrara and in alabaster of color pink orange richly veined, work of Art Nouveau age around 1900 signed Prof. G. BESSI (* Giuseppe Bessi 1857-1922) signature engraved on the back. very good condition, dimensions: 27,5 cm high X 27 cm long X 13,5 cm deep. * Giuseppe Bessi Italian sculptor of Voltera, Tuscany, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and founded his own studio in 1879 in Volterra, an area rich in alabaster mines exploited since the sixth century before Jesus- Christ, the artist mainly created busts and statues in marble of alabaster, marble and onyx, his style is described as Classical / Art Nouveau and he was at that time one of the most important representatives of the sculpture of the Italian salons. Bessi directed the Volterra School of Art from 1891 to 1910 where he remained a professor of sculpture until the end of his life. He has received many distinctions during his life and his work is sold by major international auction houses. He is the author of many works known in marble and alabaster such as Ruth, Rebecca, Joan of Arc, Mignon, Primo-Amor, Alba di Pace, Beatrice, Giuditta, Monalisa, Sappho, V. Colonna, Juliette, Giovana Sposa ... Important museums today exhibit works by Bessi, including the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the largest collection of his works is in the Museum of Volterra, Ecomuseo dell'Alabastro . In recognition of his achievements, a street bears his name in Florence.