Dr. Jenner Innoculating His Son

Professore Monteverde

c. 1877

Source: Magazine of Art

According to periodical’s reviewer, “a striking example of realistic modern sculpture is the group by Professore Monteverde of Rome, which we engrave on the next page. The Italians of to-day may be said to have instituted a new school of the art, which, setting aside classical traditions, has compassed a fresh and surprising kind of excellence. Nothing could be more strongly energetic or more subtly true than the dramatic expression and action of these figures, the turn of the child’s feet and hands being especially admirable. Among antiques the “Listening Slave” is no doubt dramatic, but it is also monumental; Professore Monteverde’’s work is life itself, seized with an intense intelligence. The group is in the Paris International Exhibition.”