Paolo Abbate

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Paolo Abbate
Born Paolo Salvatore Abbate
April 9, 1884
Villarosa, Sicily, Italy
Died April 1, 1973
Torrington, Connecticut, United States
Known for Sculptor

Paolo (Paul) Salvatore Abbate (April 9, 1884 – April 1, 1973) was an Italian-born sculptor and minister who lived and worked in Connecticut.[1]

Personal life & education[edit]

Paolo Abbate was born in Villarosa on the Italian island of Sicily. He studied under Domenico Trentacoste, director of the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze. In 1902, he moved to the United States.[2] Abbate was a missionary for seven years for the American Missionary Association in Pittsfield, Massachusetts[3] before moving to Torrington, Connecticut in 1928 where he established the Sul Monte Art Association, which sponsored exhibitions of the work of local artists. His studio became a gathering place for artists and art enthusiasts.[4][5] He went on to found the Torrington Artists Association and to co-found the Torrington Unico National organization.[5]


Abbate was a Realist sculptor who worked with bronze and marble.[6] He served as the president of the International Fine Arts League and was a member of numerous professional organizations such as the National Sculpture Society, Kent Art Association and the Connecticut Artists & Writers Society.[5]

Notable collections[edit]

Selected works[edit]

  • Bust of Dante Alighieri, Brown University (bronze, granite base, c. 1900)
  • Bust of Dante Alighieri, Newburgh Free Library courtyard (1921)
  • Imagination, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury (bronze)
  • Seated female nude, Mattatuck Museum, Waterburg (bronze)



  1. ^ "ABBATE: ROSE, PRISCO, ANGELO - Connecticut", People Search. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Paolo S. Abbate". 20th Century Sculpture. Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center. Retrieved 12 Jun 2011. 
  3. ^ American Missionary Association, p.33
  4. ^ "Torrington", Mattuck Museum. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Paolo S. Abbate". Abstract sculpture. Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center. Retrieved 12 Jun 2011. 
  6. ^ "Paolo (Paul) S. Abbate", Ask Art. Retrieved 13 June 2011.


  • American Missionary Association The American Missionary: Volume 76. Albany: American Missionary Association, Congregational Home Missionary Society, 1922.

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