MacConnal Mason

Fernando Andreini (1843 - 1922)

Flora

Signed: F. Andreini/Galleria F. Vichi/Firenze
White marble, height: 39⅝ in – 105.5 cm
Green marble pedestal, height: 31 in – 79 cm

Provenance: Private collection, UK Artist Biography: Born in Settignano, Florence, 14th October 1843.

Died in 1922.

Fernando Andreini was born in Settignano, a few miles north-east of Florence. He studied under the sculptor Ulysse Cambi (1807-1895) who was professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze.

Andreini specialised in allegorical works, inspired by nature, such as Primavera, Aurora - Goddess of Dawn, Flora and Pan as Herm. Other notable works include a statue of King Victor Emmanuel II (1820-1878) which was commissioned for the Firenze Santa Maria Novella Railway station in Florence, as well as a life-sized marble Amore Incatenato. Like Cambi, he ended his career as a teacher.

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