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 Guiseppe Moretti  (1857 - 1935)

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Lived/Active: Alabama/New York / Italy      Known for: sculpture, figure, mythology, religious

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BIOGRAPHY for Guiseppe Moretti
1857 (Siena, Italy)
1935 (San Remo, Italy)

Alabama/New York / Italy

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A sculptor of public monuments in bronze and marble, Giuseppe Moretti was born in Siena Italy on February 3, 1857. At the age of nine he began training with Tito Sarrocchi who taught him to carve in marble, his favorite medium. Moretti stayed with Sarrocchi until he was fifteen. In 1879 Moretti established a studio in Agram, Croatia but left in 1880 when an earthquake destroyed his studio and temporarily injured him.

Moretti traveled to Vienna, Budapest and Transylvania finally immigrating to the United States in 1888. Moretti, who also enjoyed the business side of art, established the Roman Bronze Works in New York in 1897 with a partner. The business survived but the partnership did not.

Moretti's first important commission was of Cornelius Vanderbilt which now stands at the entrance to Vanderbilt University. His association with Vanderbilt lead to several commissions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In search of a local marble to replace Italian, Moretti traveled to Alabama where he fell in love with the marble of Talladega County. Moretti purchased the land and in 1905 founded the Talladega Marble Company.

In 1911 Moretti traveled to Cuba and received a commission to create 150 sculptures for the Centro Gallego Club. After moving to Cuba in 1913, Moretti and his assistant, Geneva Mercer created over 94 sculptures.

Moretti returned to the United States and did work in New York and Pittsburgh. He is credited with making the first ever cast in aluminum for the bust of Charles Martin Hall the developer of aluminum.

In 1925 Guiseppe and his wife, Dorothea, returned to Italy for health reasons. In Italy Moretti completed the last of his great commissions including the Battle of Nashville Monument and the Patterson Memorial.

Guiseppe Moretti died at the age of 78 in San Remo, Italy.

"American Art Review", December 2002

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