Marble sculpture by Giovanni Maria Benzoni. inscribed "G.M.BENZONI ROME 1878" 84cm tall.Giovanni Maria Benzoni (1809-1873) was a pupil of Giuseppe Fabris at the Academy of Saint Luc in Rome. Equally renowned for his classical subjects and religious work, Benzoni was a favoured sculptor of Pope Pius IX, and received commissions from many English and Russian aristocratic families. He also executed architectural sculptures for the Imperial Theatre, St Petersburg, exhibited at the Great Exhibitions and represented the Vatican at the Antwerp International Exhibition. Benzoni was profoundly influenced by Antonio Canova.