Prof. Aristide Petrilli Marble Statue Allegory for Love
This extraordinary marble by Professor Aristide Petrilli (Italy, 1868-1930), titled Allegory of Love, Health and Happiness, measures 54.5 in (138.5 cm), and dates from circa 1900-1910. Signed Gall/Prof. A Petrilli/Firenze, with cartouches engraved AMOR, FAELICITAS, SALVS IN FLORIBVS, roughly translating to Love, Fortunately Saves in Flowers. With oak plinth. Provenance: Christie's.
Petrilli studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence 1889-1890 and thereafter worked with Raffaello Romanelli before opening his own studio in Florence. He is known for his romantic figures with historical and classical themes, including exceptional large lifesize figures like this one, as well as smaller works employing multi-colored specimens. He exhibited at the Paris Salon beginning in 1896, and exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, plus the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.