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Four Important Marble Busts. These early 18th century busts are superbly sculpted likenesses of four great Italian poets and philosophers. Dante Alighieri (DANTE), 1265 to 1321. Both poet and moral philosopher, notably famous for his epic The Divine Comedy . The first part of which is “Inferno”. Torquato Tasso, 1544 to 1595. Famous Italian 16th century Renaissance poet best known for his La Gerusalemme liberate (Jerusalem Delivered, 1580). Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), 1304 to 1374. Of Renaissance Italy. Known as an early humanist and considered by many to be the “Father of Humanism”. He was crowned Rome's poet laureate in 1341. Ludovico Ariosto, 1474 to 1533. Italian Renaissance poet. Perhaps best known for the epic “Orlando Furioso” 1516. These fine works of art could be an attraction in any museum. Sculpted in the early eighteenth century, they were brought to Peru between the years 1845 and 1851 by an important ambassador stationed in Peru during the presidency of Marshal Ramon Castilla. Subsequent to the ambassador’s posting, the sculptures have been in private possession in Peru. These marvelous museum quality works of art are now available. Each piece comes with it’s own supporting 30 cm diameter 108 cm high pedestal column composed of similar material as the busts. The columns can be disassembled for shipping or to reduce the overall height. The busts themselves are 75 cm high with a width of 52 cm presenting a total height of more than 190 cm. Circa three hundred years since their creation and these pieces are in remarkably fine condition. Each face is pristine and vividly displays the true image of the subject.