The Love Message
The Love Message is a skilfully carved marble statue, representing a figure of a semi-nude girl with both arms raised above her head, holding a dove with a letter inscribed All’ Amor Mio.
Italian sculptor Lot Torelli studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (Academy of Fine Arts of Florence) but in 1858, due to family misfortunes, had to leave Florence for Paris. He returned the next year, enrolling as a volunteer in the Italian War of Independence. By 1862, he returned to making sculpture. In 1865, he won a three-year stipend from the academy. Among his major works are a medallion representing the future Queen, Princess Margherite, exhibited at Florence in 1871; Adam and Eve, which became statues on the facade of the Duomo di Firenze (Florence Cathedral).
The Love Message was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1876.