Adolfo Wildt

Milan 1868-Milan 1931. The eldest of the six children of the caretaker of Palazzo Marino, he finished his third grade and went to work in the studio of the sculptor Giuseppe Grandi. He did manual labour but learnt from famous Lombard sculptors. Attended the school of applied arts at Brera and found a steady income in exchange for works. This led to many-sided career in Milan, Venice and Romagna, with the support of key Italian personalities (from D’Annunzio to Margherita Sarfatti) who, as well as giving him fame, also helped him economically. He worked on a bust of Mussolini and on war monuments. His polished marble is a characteristic feature.

Marco Zanuso
Elio Vittorini