This bronze bust is a small replica of the first sculpture Moretti carved from white Alabama marble, quarried in Talladega County. The original sculpture, now in the collection of the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, was exhibited along with Vulcan at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1925, Moretti returned to his native Italy, ultimately settling in San Remo, a Mediterranean coastal town a short distance to the east of Nice, France. Moretti brought along a small quantity of Alabama marble, from which he carved this small statuette, which resembles an ancient Roman sculpture.
Moretti executed this bust of the Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) while residing in Florence, Italy, the poet’s hometown. Regarded by Italians as the “Supreme Poet,” Dante is best known for his epic poem The Divine Comedy.