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Child bust


  • Dimensions: heigth 26 cm, width 10  cm, length 25 cm
  • Weight: 5162 gr
  • Material: marble
  • Dating: beginning of XX century
  • Details: signed by F. Cifariello
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About F. Cifariello

He participated in the school of Neapolitan verismo. Inspired by Vincenzo Gemito, he was one of the most active late neoclassical sculptors of his time, producing works in bronze, marble, terracotta and silver.

A dark family drama upset his life, as on August 10, 1905 he killed his wife, the French singer Maria De Browne, with a revolver. The great popularity it enjoyed and the strenuous defense made by the lawyer Gaetano Manfredi in the Assize Court of Campobasso, facilitated, two years later, the acquittal for total mental defect.

Cifariello continued to be persecuted by misfortune because, having remarried, his second wife Evelina Fabbri died in 1914, just twenty-two years old, from the severe burns reported in handling a gas stove. A third marriage with the German Anna Marzell and the birth of two children (the youngest of whom was Antonio Cifariello) failed to save the artist from depression, who died by suicide at the age of 71 in his studio in Naples.

In 1931 he published his autobiography, entitled Three Lives in One.