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Adriano Ratti

( Carrara 1845 - ? )


    Adriano Ratti

    Tuscan sculptor, born in Carrara on 24 May 1845, he began at an early age to study architecture under the direction of prof. Bonanni, who had him enrolled among the students of the R. Carrarese Academy where he soon deserved the prize of a silver medal.

    Continuing to study in that Academy, he obtained, at the age of 13, another award, which was a gold medal, for a frieze of grandiose proportions. He then went on to study ornamentation and architecture at the Massa Academy.

    After coming to Rome, he stayed to work in the studio of the distinguished ornamental architect Cav. Carimini. He later moved to Florence in the studio of prof. Micheli, and there he was able to make new studies in decorative sculpture.

    Among the works in clay or marble made by Ratti we note a group: “Maternal Love” that is a standing hen who defends her own chicks. This work, modeled with beautiful naturalness, appeared at the Milan Exposition, and found a buyer even before the Exposition opened.

    Then she made another hen who defends her own offspring in front of a dog that stands threateningly in front of her. He also modeled a rooster representing “The surprise”. He made a baptistery with rich decorations, a fireplace in the style of the 500, a bas-relief alluding to the four revolutions of Italy.

    He also made a grandiose dressing table in the same style of the 16th century. Ratti was a very industrious member of the Massa Carrara Academy and has a burden of diplomas and certificates of merit. Following examination, he was also elected Professor of ornamentation and architecture at Serravezza, where he is very zealous in educating young artists.


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