Carlo Romanelli

Carlo Alfred Romanelli (1872–1947) was an Italian sculptor, born in Florence, Italy August 24, 1872 and died August 9, 1947. He came to the United States in 1902, settling in Los Angeles, California.[1] He moved to Detroit, Michigan in the early 1920s.[2] He was the son of Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli (1856–1928) who created the 1927 bust of Dante Alighieri on Belle Isle Park in Detroit.[2] Among Carlo Romanelli's Detroit works are the bronze tablet of Cadillac's landing, now at the Cadillac Center People Mover Station downtown, and La Pieta at the entrance of Mt. Elliott Cemetery.[2] Carlo attended the Royal Academy of Art in Italy and studied with his father and sculptor Augusto Rivalta; Rivalta's Detroit statue of Christopher Columbus (1910) is now at Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street.[2][3]

Other works by Romanelli completed for Detroit include a bust of Bishop Foley, which was not sited.[4]


  1. Mackay, James, The Dictionary of Sculptors in Bronze, Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk 1977
  2. 1 2 3 4 Delicato, Armando (2005). Italians in Detroit (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738539856.
  3. Walt, Irene and Balthazar Korab (2004). Art in Stations. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0974539201.
  4. Gibson, Arthur Hopkin (1975). Artists of Early Michigan: A Biographical Dictionary of Artists Native to or Active in Michigan, 1701-1900. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1528-3.

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