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 Giuseppe Donato  (1881 - 1965)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / Italy      Known for: portrait bust, statues and allegorical sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is from Bunny Carter, whose mother is the step daughter of the sculptor, Giuseppe Donato.

Born in Italy in 1881, Giuseppe Donato came to America at the age of ten, and by the time of his death established himself as a noted sculptor and recognized figure in the Philadelphia art community.

Receiving a city scholarship, Donato studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts from 1897 to 1903. He also studied modeling and architecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art School, which operated at that time as the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art.  Charles Grafly was his teacher.

While at the Pennsylvania Academy, he won a prize for sculpture as well as a scholarship to study in Europe. In Paris from 1903 to 1905, Donato studied first at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts and then with Auguste Rodin.

Returning to America, Donato created some controversy with Burning Desire and Nature's Melody, two nudes he created in 1908 for the city of Baltimore.  Other works included a large bronze statue, 1930, of Columbus for the Pennsylvania town of Easton; the west pediment of the building that in 1940 housed the Philadelphia Municipal Court; and a statue completed in 1946 of Thomas Fitzsimmons, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, which stands today in Philadelphia's Logan Square.

According to a 1965 obituary, Donato's most famous works included busts of Mark Twain and Benito Mussolini, as well as works entitled Dawn, Hand of Immorality [sic], and Plumline of Human Consciousness.

Donato maintained a studio in Philadelphia and was a longtime member of the city's Art Commission.



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