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Pietro Calvi, born in Milan, was educated at the Accademia and later studied under Giovanni Seleroni. He achieved international recognition during the last quarter of the 19th Century and exhibited widely in Europe, most notably at the Royal Academy in London between 1872 and 1883. He was known for both his work in marble and in bronze, and frequently combined the two with great succes. Calvi often drew his subjects from the Arts, particularly from the opera and Shakespeare. He sculpted figures which now decorate Milan Cathedral and the Galleria Vittoria Emmanuel and in 1877 presented five busts to the city of Naples -Primavera, Mariuccia, Othello, Selika and Gennaro- as well as a statue of Ariadne.