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Joseph Coletti, 1898-1973 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Name: Joseph Coletti, 1898-1973

Historical Note: <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span id="docs-internal-guid-0f48a072-a4bf-c8bc-15d7-1f0f7f787467"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Joseph Coletti (1898-1973) was born November 5, 1898 in Italy. At the age of two, his family emigrated to the United States, and settled in Quincy, MA, whereupon he spent his youth. Throughout his primary education, Coletti exhibited an aptitude for art, eventually studying the subject at both the Massachusetts Art School, and Harvard University. In 1919 he began his formal education as a sculptor, entering Harvard College, and graduating with the class of 1923. Post-graduation, Coletti was awarded two defining fellowships which furthered his learning, the Travelling Fellowship in Fine Arts by the Fogg Art Museum in 1923, and the Sachs Fellowship in Fine Arts by Harvard University in 1924. As a Sachs fellow, Coletti studied sculpture at the American Academy in Rome until he returned to Massachusetts in 1925, where only a year later he was commissioned by John Nicholas Brown to sculpt a number of works for St. George’s Chapel, St. George's School, newport, RI. This commision proved to be the first of many prolific works by Coletti which have been represented in exhibitions worldwide, including at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, 1930; the New York Museum of Modern Art, 1933; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1940; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1940; the New York World's Fair, 1940; and permanently at the National Gallery of Modern Art in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy, 1959. Throughout his career, Coletti demonstrated a keen understanding of both classical and medieval art, harkening back to these forms in subject and medium, while retaining originality within his work. It is this synergy of old and new that has defined his works.</span></span>

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